Bike Voucher Program

The UK Bike Voucher Program began in 2015 and is one of many transportation incentive programs available to the UK community. The program offers qualified applicants $400 in vouchers (valid at any of five participating local bike shops), in exchange for agreeing not to purchase a vehicle parking permit for two consecutive years. The purpose of the bicycle voucher program is to reduce the number of people who drive alone for trips to, from and around campus, as well as to help participants (and the University) save money, foster healthier lifestyles, and have lower environmental impacts.

How it Works

The Bike Voucher Program will give qualified students and employees each four $100 vouchers to spend at participating local bicycle shops. The vouchers may be used toward the purchase of a bicycle or toward gear and accessories to outfit a bike that the employee or student already owns. Program participants will also receive 10 single day parking permits that may be used when participants need to drive to campus, plus the opportunity to purchase up to 40 additional single-day permits per fiscal year. (Single-day permits are intended to be used on days when bicycling is not a feasible option, and are not intended to take the place of a regular vehicle parking permit.)

Those who accept a voucher must return any current parking permits to Transportation Services and sign a two-year car-free commitment, making them ineligible to purchase a new motor vehicle parking permit for two full fiscal years. If you cannot make this long-term commitment and think you may want a motor vehicle parking permit due to changes in circumstances, this program is not for you. Emergency appeals will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require full repayment of the portion of the voucher used by the recipient.

The vouchers and complimentary single-day permits are considered a taxable fringe benefit under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Taxes will be withheld from participating employees' paychecks upon redemption of the vouchers and acceptance of the single-day permits.

The Bike Voucher Program is limited to two years, and previous participants may not reapply.

Employee Eligibility

  • Only employees who have had a vehicle parking permit for the past fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), (OR) those who are brand new to the university are eligible to apply.
  • Participants must sign a car-free commitment that will prevent them from purchasing a vehicle parking permit for two years.
  • Employees must have main campus work assignments.
  • Employees must work weekday, daytime shifts.
  • Employees with temporary work assignments must have a work assignment end date of at least two (2) years later than the date of voucher issue.
  • Prior to receiving the bike vouchers, prospective participants must attend a short program orientation covering basic bicycle safety and regulations, as well as campus and community resources for bicyclists.
  • Participants suspected of engaging in fraudulent behavior may be subject to removal from the program, repayment of the vouchers, and disqualification from other transportation incentive programs.
  • Participants in the Bike Voucher Program may not participate in the Cash Out Program or vice versa. However, Bike Voucher participants are encouraged to participate in the Commute Club.

Student Eligibility

  • Only students who have had a vehicle parking permit for the past fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), (OR) those who are brand new to the university are eligible to apply.
  • Participants must sign a two-year car-free commitment.
  • Students who live on campus are not eligible but are encouraged to sign up for use of a bicycle through the Big Blue Cycles fleet.
  • Students must have an expected graduation date of at least two (2) academic years later than the date of voucher issue.
  • Prior to receiving the bike vouchers, prospective participants must attend a short program orientation covering basic bicycle safety and regulations, as well as campus and community resources for bicyclists.
  • Participants suspected of engaging in fraudulent behavior may be subject to removal from the program, repayment of the vouchers, and disqualification from other transportation incentive programs.
  • Participants in the Bike Voucher Program are encouraged to also participate in Commute Club.

Application Information

You may apply online now. Students and employees who qualify and are selected will be notified via email. If you have additional questions about the program, please email UKBikes@lsv.uky.edu. The enrollment period is April-September.