Bike Share Program

Bike sharing can be an innovative way of promoting exercise without requiring significant lifestyle changes. It allows individuals to efficiently integrate exercise into their lives while pursuing an already necessary destination or location.

Not only do bikes provide a refreshing alternative to a generally inactive modern lifestyle, but bicycles also provide on-demand transport that allows you to reach locations not easily or efficiently accessible by other forms of transportation, such as motorized vehicles. In areas such as downtown Decorah, bikes are often the best way to move around, especially if you are short on time and money.

How do I check out a bike?

Bikes and helmets may be checked out at the Circulation Desk in Preus Library for up to four hours per day. Bikes must be returned to the library by closing time. To encourage safe bike riding techniques, when a bike is checked out a helmet will also be checked out. If it is your first time checking out a bike, you must sign a liability waiver that will be kept on file. You will then be given a key for the bike lock, and a helmet.  Bikes are located at the bike rack on the wall of the library closest to Brandt and Jenson-Noble.

The regular operational hours for the library are (hours during breaks vary):

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-Midnight
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon-Midnight 

During the summer the library is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and bikes are allowed to be checked out overnight.

When you are finished riding the bike, you simply return it to the bike rack and return the key and helmet back to the circulation desk in Preus Library. Note that fines will be distributed if the bike is returned late or if damage occurs while in your use.

What kinds of bikes are available to check out?

There are currently six single-speed bikes and eight multi-speed bikes. In general, both options allow students and employees to access downtown, Walmart, and other areas of town easily.  If interested in biking the Trout Run Trail or one of the many mountain biking trails in Decorah check out the rentals from Decorah Bicycles.

How long do I check out bikes for?

Bikes can be checked out for up to 4 hours. Bikes cannot be renewed and checked out again in the same day. In addition to the $50 fine, if the bike is not returned on time the user will be charged a late fee of $1/hour up to a maximum of $10/day for three days. On the third day, the user will also be charged for the cost of the bike until the bike is returned. Replacement fees are $200 for single- speed bikes and $600 for multi-speed bikes. Helmets must be returned with the bike. If a helmet is not returned, the user will be notified for three days. On the third late day, the user will be charged for the cost of the helmet until the helmet is returned. The replacement fee is $25.