Bike share and Universities

Bike share is a handy way for staff and students to travel, making inter-site trips around campuses, accommodation and the local surrounds. As universities have a high number of people making multiple trips every day they are key partners for successful schemes. Many on-street schemes have originated or grown from a campus scheme, e.g. Oxford, Warwick and Sheffield.


Three complementary models are typically offered at Universities:

  • Public on-street bike share: available to the public and valued for their convenient flexible one way trips and pay as you go fee structure
  • Bike loans: typically month or semester loans for students and try-before-you-buy offers for staff are ways of introducing people to the benefits of healthy travel. These schemes operate a first come first served basis, often oversubscribed and can be priced or free of charge
  • Workplace pool bikes: Bikes that are available typically from lockers for business trips

Partnerships with Universities fund both capital expansion and cover ongoing revenue costs of public on-street model.

In the following Universities members are offered for free (February 2017):

  • Bath Spa University
  • University of Stirling
  • Forth Valley College

Universities currently supporting PBS bike share with reduced rate memberships (February 2017):

  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Bath
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Strathclyde Glasgow
  • City of Bath College

Long term loans (free and charged) and workplace pool bikes

Anar, Researcher at University of Oxford comment how:

“For me there are two main benefits, one is that the docking station is near my daughter’s nursery, so I could take her by foot (I am afraid to take her by bike) and then just go and rent the Oxonbikes, without any further delays.


“The second benefit is that I work in the science area of the university and therefore have to climb the Headington hill every day when I go back home. With the e-bikes it is a piece of cake and takes less than 15 mins”

Levan, a medical student, currently living in the Jericho area of Oxford, explains how the electric bikes have transformed his daily commute to and from John Radcliffe Hospital:

‘I use both the OXONBIKE pedal and electric bikes because I have total flexibility. The price is comparable to the bus, but this is much more flexible and faster. Plus it’s good for my health and the environment. I have used many bike schemes in Europe but this one has by far been my best experience.’

Bikeplus is the UK representative body for bike sharing which aims to optimise the benefits of cycling by supporting the emergence of the effective widespread availability of pooled bikes.

About bike share


Shared Electric Bike Programme


Bike share map


Bikeplus Forum Network


UK Public Bike Share Stats

Locations: 26 locations

Total number of bikes: 22,412

Users: 626,136 users (unique members & casual users)

Average trips per day in UK: 47,710 per day

Available data from quarter ending December 2017

Useful links

Operators & suppliers


Bike & Go

Brompton Bike Hire

Donkey Republic 

Hourbike  (Bikeplus Accredited)

Intelligent Transport Services (Bikeplus Accredited)

Mobike (Bikeplus Accredited)

Nextbike (Bikeplus Accredited)


Ofo (Bikeplus Accredited)

Ride-on (Provisional Bikeplus Accreditation)

Serco (Bikeplus Accredited)


Social Bicycles


Urbo (Bikeplus Accredited)