Cycling in Auburn is becoming a bigger community. More and more students are using alternative ways to get around Auburn. Whether you want to ride a bike to class, around campus or if you want to take a bike out to Chewacla State Park, here is a biker’s guide to Auburn.
1.Bicycle Sharing Program
Thanks to a new bicycle sharing program by Parking Services, students who don’t own a bike can use one to get around campus. There are over 75 Auburn-themed bicycles distributed around campus.
How it works:
The first two hours of each day are free. After those two hours, it cost $5 an hour and up to a maximum charge of $25 dollars a day. Each bike must be returned to of the designated locations to avoid a fee of $50. You can charge the fee to a credit card, debit card or a student’s TigerCard.
To use a bike, download the Social Bicycles mobile app. Enter your information and search for an available bicycle to reserve. With the app, it will give a four digit pin number that you will enter on the bicycle's keypad to release it. You can hold a bicycle while you're in a class by pressing the “hold” button on a bicycle attached to one of the universities bicycle racks.
If there is a maintenance issue with the bicycle, you can press the “service” button the bicycle's keypad and a bicycle maintenance person will come to campus and fix it. To find out more click here.
2. Auburn Outdoors Rental Shop
Auburn Outdoors has a variety of resourceful equipment to meet you outdoor needs. If you looking for a bike to do other things than ride around campus, Auburn Outdoors is the place to go. Auburn Outdoors is located in the breezeway of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
How it works:
Bicycles are available to rent for a day, weekend or weekly basis. Bicycles are available to currently enrolled students and members of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. There are a variety of bikes to choose from: Fat Bike, Trek Road Bike, Mountain Bike and Breezer Bike. Each bicycle cost $18 a day, $27 a weekend and $54 a week. Each bike comes with a helmet free of charge.
To rent a bike, you must go into the Auburn Outdoors rental shop. There you can speak with a specialist if you don’t know which bike to rent or need biking advice. They will help you adjust the bicycle to your height and have you fill out a waiver. After you pay, the bicycle is yours for the time being. The rental shop is open Monday through Friday. Check out their website for more information.
3. Off-Campus Bicycle Shops: James Bros Bikes
If you're looking for a place to rent a bike off campus, James Bros Bikes is the place to go. They offer bike rentals for 24 hours and half day for 6 hours. All of their rentals include a helmet, lock and tire repair kit free of charge.
How it works:
Go to James Bros Bikes, located on 1199 S Donahue Dr. They are open five days a week Tuesday through Saturday. They offer a variety of bikes to choose from: mountains bikes hardtail, Kona Big Honzo mountain bikes, mountain bikes full suspension and fitness bikes. The prices of their rentals range from $28 to $75. For more information visit their website.
If you end up liking one of their bikes, you can purchase it after your rental for a discounted price.
(Images from Auburn Outdoors and Auburn University's webpage.)
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