From ice cream bike rides to rentals and repairs, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and community organizations provide resources for bike enthusiasts and novices alike.
Honoring its designation as a “Bike Friendly Campus” by the League of American Bicyclists, the university offers a robust bike repair shop, bike rentals, a bike club and cycling team, group cycling events, five BikeLNK stations, and other community connections. These resources help support the mental, physical, environmental, and financial well-being of Huskers through cycling.
“Riding a bike is a great option for UNL members of the campus community to travel sustainably to, from, and around campus,” said Morgan Hartman, sustainability coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. “Riding a bike can help protect the environment through reduced carbon emissions, promote environmental well-being through healthy living, and save money.”
outdoor adventure center
The Outdoor Adventures Center offers a full range of bike services, including rentals, community bike rides, and a repair shop.
“We’re here to provide services and opportunities to keep students, faculty and staff moving by bike,” said Kyle Hansen, outdoor adventures coordinator who oversees the bike shop.
the Bicycle shop provides a variety of services, from simple adjustments to full tune-ups, safety checks, and same-day tire repair services.
The Outdoor Adventure Center also offers multi-day and semester-long gear rentals.
“We have mountain bikes and touring bikes for weekends or adventure days and then we also offer a semi-annual rental to students,” Hansen said. “We give them a single-speed bike with lights, a lock and a helmet. It’s really helpful if they’re traveling from out of state because they don’t have to bring a bike with them. They can rent one and then when they finish the semester, they can re-register it.”
The Outdoor Adventure Center not only provides resources, but also provides opportunities for people to become familiar with local bikes and bike trails through local bike rides and adventure trips, like these next events:
Family ice cream bike rides September 24
Ice Cream Bike Ride September 27
Bike Maintenance Clinic September 28
Mountain bike ride October 6
Fall Break Mountain Bike Trip to Arkansas October 14-18
Morning Coffee Bike Ride October 21
Bike ride for morning coffee November 4
“These events are to show students or people who want to explore Lincoln by bike what is possible,” Hansen said. “The ice cream ride is specifically about going from city campus to east campus and back. That route is a minute shorter by bike than taking the bus or driving a car. The other part of these events is just helping students connect with other students who want to meet people and introduce them to something they haven’t tried before.”
BicycleLNK is a citywide bike share program that allows residents and visitors to rent bikes or electric bikes. The program has five stations on the university campus.
BikeLNK’s annual membership normally costs $100; however, students, faculty, and staff get a discounted rate of $25 per year. This membership comes with unlimited 1-hour rides for a whole year.
As of August 2022, the most used BikeLNK station was the one located just outside the Nebraska Union on the City Campus.
Community clubs and resources
For those looking to get more involved, the university has Bike UNLa RSOand Cycling Club, a competitive club sports team.
Bike UNL offers a variety of resources, including ways to connect with community cyclists organizations. Bike UNL operates a bike valet, which offers secure bike parking during Husker home games. Valet parking opens two hours before the start and stops one hour after the final whistle.
Off campus, members of the university participate and maintain relationships with organizations such as the City Pedestrian/Cyclist. committee and the great plains trail The net. For more information on biking off campus, visit the Nebraska Department of Transportation Bike Hike Walk website.
“There is a healthy community of many active sports in Lincoln,” Hansen said. “Riding a bike is another form of that. People are very vocal and active in the cycling events and activities in the city of Lincoln. There’s a national bike challenge that happens every year, where cyclists report on community rides, fun rides, etc., and we’ve been a leader in that for cities our size.”