The Augsburg Bike Share Program is a sustainable and cost-effective measure to address the transportation needs of Augsburg University students, faculty, and staff. It represents one of many initiatives Augsburg has taken to become a good steward of the environment and to promote energy-conscious action. By providing a free, no-pollution mode of transportation, the program gives everyone a chance to play a role in the University’s green initiatives. Bike sharing allows Auggies to enjoy the outdoors, explore Minneapolis, and take part in off-campus academic and recreational opportunities.
Augsburg students, faculty, and staff can check out bikes and helmets from Lindell Library with their Augsburg ID. Bikes are locked to a rack in front of the library building — the east entrance. To check one out, go to the Circulation Desk in Lindell Library, present your ID, and say, “I'd like to check out a bike.” (You can ask for it by name if you have looked at the rack and know which one suits you.) Then you’ll be given a key for the bike lock and the option of checking out a helmet. Go outside, unlock the bike from the rack, put the lock in your backpack, and you’re off!
Checking out a bike and/or helmet is free to anyone with a current Augsburg ID. There is no fee to join the program.
We believe that financial limitations should not be a barrier, so the Bike Share program is free of charge. Recipients are expected to pay for lost or broken equipment. We hold recipients accountable by billing their student account.
The checkout period is up to 24 hours, and the library needs to be open when you return the bike. (Library hours are posted here.) You get a one-day grace period after 24 hours; if you return the bike on time, or within that grace period, you will not be charged anything. After that, your account will be charged $5 each day for a non-returned bike. If you have not returned it after 21 days, the bike will be considered Missing, and you will be charged for the replacement cost of the bike: $500. If you return the bike after the 21-day period, there is a lesser but still substantial charge: $400.
Helmets are lent under a similar policy. Losing or damaging a helmet will incur a $45 charge to your account. And if you lose the lock or the key to the lock, you may be charged for the replacement cost of the bicycle. Stay smart and be careful!
Augsburg University's Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC), the Day Student Government Environmental Action Committee (EAC), and the Transportation Task Force are key resources.