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. In these two aspects, Luther is simultaneously promoting personal wellness as well as doing its part to contribute to environmental sustainability.

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. 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. 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.

What do I do when I’m done?

When your time is up, or you are finished riding, simply lock the bike back up on the rack and return the key to the library. Please make sure the bike is securely locked. A $50 fine will be assessed if a bike key is returned but the bike goes missing (because either it was not actually returned or it was not securely locked to the Bike Share rack).

What kinds of bikes are available to check out?

There are currently six single-speed bikes and eight multi-speed bikes. Two of the single-speed bikes have metal side baskets on the rear - popular with those who are going shopping downtown. In general, however, because of the hills in town, most people riding off campus prefer one of the multi-speed bikes if available. Bike #6 has a rear rack that allows you to attach 1 or 2 pannier bags for carrying supplies. These bags can be checked out here. Also, Bikes #4 and #5 have rear baskets.

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.

How do I adjust the seat?

The older bikes have quick release handles that allow you to adjust the seat to your height. Pull the quick release out, raise or lower the seat, and push the release back in. The newer multi-speed bikes require that you to take the bike over to the maintenance station next to the library loading dock to use a tool there to release the seat clasp, move the seat to an appropriate position, and then re-tighten the seat.

Caution: The blue bikes have a limit to how far the seat can safely be raised. If you are raising it high, check the seat pole for the markings that indicate this. If the seat is loose, tighten it by pulling the release out, turning it clockwise, and fastening it again.

What if there are problems or damages?

If you encounter a bike with damage or some other problem, please ask for a work order form from the Circulation Desk.