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Bicycle Checkout Program

Did you know:

UMKC sells as many as 8,000 parking permits per year. If you consider each of those permits to represent one single occupancy car trip per day that represents a potential 2.92 million car trips annually to campus! Involvement in an alternative commute program is the first layer of shifting driving behaviors. The goal of UMKC Clean Commute is to set a regional example showing how safe and easy it is to chose alternative transportation and promote the positive health and air quality impacts of those choices.

The new University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) Clean Commute program will challenge the student, staff and faculty to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips to and from campus by using alternative modes of transportation such as bicycles, walking and mass transit.

Modeled on successful programs across the country the Clean Commute program at UMKC will incorporate alternative transportation education while focusing on:

  • Distributing of new loaner bicycles equipped with lights, locks and fenders
  • Installing bike parking racks
  • Creating of a campus bike map
  • Offering on-campus bike maintenance
  • Hosting safety education workshops

Always wear a helmet—they save lives. Head injuries cause about 75 percent of the approximately 700 bicycling-related fatalities every year in the U.S. Wearing a CPSC-certified helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by 85 percent. Ask you local bike shop for advice on a good model and fit.

Bicycle resources

bike image

Bicycle Checkout Program

Did you know:

UMKC sells as many as 8,000 parking permits per year. If you consider each of those permits to represent one single occupancy car trip per day that represents a potential 2.92 million car trips annually to campus! Involvement in an alternative commute program is the first layer of shifting driving behaviors. The goal of UMKC Clean Commute is to set a regional example showing how safe and easy it is to chose alternative transportation and promote the positive health and air quality impacts of those choices.

The new University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) Clean Commute program will challenge the student, staff and faculty to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips to and from campus by using alternative modes of transportation such as bicycles, walking and mass transit.

Modeled on successful programs across the country the Clean Commute program at UMKC will incorporate alternative transportation education while focusing on:

  • Distributing of new loaner bicycles equipped with lights, locks and fenders
  • Installing bike parking racks
  • Creating of a campus bike map
  • Offering on-campus bike maintenance
  • Hosting safety education workshops

Always wear a helmet—they save lives. Head injuries cause about 75 percent of the approximately 700 bicycling-related fatalities every year in the U.S. Wearing a CPSC-certified helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by 85 percent. Ask you local bike shop for advice on a good model and fit. Bicycle Waiver Form

Bicycle resources

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Semester and Daily Loaners

Semester Loaners

For semester-long loaners, stop by The Hub for more information (hours and address are below in the Bicycle Resources section). We can help you get set up for a semester-long loan. Over 50 bikes are available for UMKC students, staff and faculty for each semester on a first come, first serve basis.

Daily Loaners

Daily loaners are available for checkout in Swinney Recreation Center at the Service Center.

 

Bicycle resources

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the SRC Bike Program/Clean Commute?

UMKC continues to challenge students, staff and faculty to use alternative modes of transportation such as bicycles. Swinney Recreation Center manages the ‘Clean Commute’ bicycle program where over 50 bikes are available each school semester (summer, fall, spring). Swinney Recreation Center also has 2 bikes that are available for daily check out to students and SRC members.

Who can borrow a Clean Commute bike?

All UMKC students, and benefit eligible staff and faculty may apply for the loan of a bicycle on a first come, first serve basis. (First week of each semester is only open to new users.)

How do I borrow a bicycle?

Once you have read through the all the FAQ section, it is best to stop by the Hub during open hours during the first two weeks of each semester.  You may also call 816-235-2796 or email umkccleancommute@gmail.com.

What kind of bicycles are available?

New Fuji, Jamis and Redline hybrid-style bikes complete with lock, helmet and front and rear lights are available for loan.

Where do I pick up my bike (semester loans only)?

The Hub is UMKC’s bike station located in Cherry Hall (5030 Cherry Street, Basement, Room B38) using the northwest entrance. Updated hours of operation follow the UMKC 2014 academic calendar: 

Tuesdays: 8a-11:30a & Fridays: 12p – 4:30p

*Please note The Hub may be closed on University recognized national holidays and when academic classes are not in session.

The new spring hours will be effective Friday, January 24. The last scheduled day for The Hub during the spring semester will be Friday, May 16, 2014.

How long can I keep the bike?

Bicycle loans are for one semester. Late fees are assessed to student accounts for any bikes turned in past the deadline.

Can I take my bike off campus?

You may use your bike on or off campus as you choose (you are responsible for you bike wherever you go).  Volker and Hospital Hill maps are available for you.

What if I get a flat?

The Hub provides a mechanic to maintain all UMKC Clean Commute loaner bikes. Should your bike need repair, you may bring it in for a low cost service. Some minor repairs may be done at no cost.

Who else can use The Hub?

Any UMKC students, staff or faculty may visit the Hub to get a personal bike repaired, volunteer or learn more about alternative transportation options around Kansas City.

Bicycle resources

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The Hub

5030 Cherry Street (Room B38)

The Hub is UMKC’s bike station located in Cherry Hall (5030 Cherry Street, Basement, Room B38) using the northwest entrance. Updated hours of operation follow the UMKC 2014 academic calendar: 

Tuesdays: 8a-11:30a & Fridays: 12p – 4:30p

*Please note The Hub may be closed on University recognized national holidays and when academic classes are not in session.

The new spring hours will be effective Friday, January 24. The last scheduled day for The Hub during the spring semester will be Friday, May 16, 2014.

Services provided include the following:

  • General tune up
  • Clean drive train
  • Wrap handlebars

Wheels

  • Wheel adjustments
  • Replacement tube or tire

Gear and Chain

  • Gear and chain adjustments
  • Install or remove chain
  • Replace shifter cable

Brakes

  • Brake adjustments
  • Install brakes
  • Replace brake cable  

Charges will apply for parts and labor on installation and major adjustments. The bicycle mechanic will provide an estimate at time of service.

More questions?

Please call 816.235.2796 / Email

Web: http://www.umkc.edu/src/bicycle-checkout.asp

Clean Commute is a program managed by Swinney Recreation Center

Bicycle resources

Bicycle Repair 101 Classes

Do you know how to look after your bicycle chain? Fix a flat tire? Tweak your gears? You will get much more mileage out of your bike if you learn how to manage it - plus you will never be caught off guard in an emergency! This class is geared towards beginner cyclists.

Class Content

Basic bicycle maintenance and safety

Certification

None

Prerequisites

None

Class Requirements

Be present for the entire course and participate in all activities

Class Format

Lecture with question and answer session.

Class Length

Approximately 1 hour

Class Fees

UMKC Faculty/Staff/Students       Free

General Community                     Free

Register

Please contact our Membership Office at 816.235.2712 to register. Membership Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00a - 5:00p.

All class sessions will be offered in 234 Swinney Recreation Center.

Class Date  Class Time
Friday, May 2, 2014  3:00p - 4:00p

Fitness Facts

~ 11 million college students use recreational facilities

The Hub Open Houses

Join us for an open house on Tuesday, May 6, from 9:00a to 11:00a and learn firsthand about our entire bicycle program, services and cycling in and around campus! Swinney Recreation Center manages the Clean Commute bicycle program where over fifty bikes are available each academic semester (including the summer). For more information on The Hub, please click on the link above.

Open House Dates  Open House Times 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014  9:00a - 11:00a

Fitness Facts

~ 11 million college students use recreational facilities

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