Bicycle Rental Options

When it comes to bike rentals, UK students and employees have a lot of options. Whether you need a bike for a year, a semester, or just for a week, Wildcat Wheels can help! Below is an overview of your on-campus bicycle check-out options, all of which are free for the UK community. Anyone interested in checking out a bicycle must fill out a participant waiver and will be responsible for paying for lost or damaged equipment.

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Big Blue Cycles

Big Blue Cycles is a fleet of 150 bicycles available to students living in campus housing who sign a one-year commitment not to bring a car to campus. Participating students are guaranteed the bicycle for an entire academic year. Learn more.

Semester Check Out

Wildcat Wheels has a fleet of 100 bicycles that can be checked out for a full semester at a time. Demand for these bikes often exceeds supply in the fall semester, so the bicycles are awarded through a random lottery (fall only). During the summer and spring semesters, bikes are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit the shop during regular hours to check out a bike or email if you cannot make it during these times. Applications for this program are now open.

Weekly Check Outs

If you're interested in short-term use, Wildcat Wheels has a fleet of bikes that can be checked out for up to one week at a time. These are available first-come, first-serve during open shop hours.

Departmental Bikes

Departmental Blue Bikes offer employees an opportunity to increase physical activity during regular working hours, reduce traffic on and around campus, and set a positive example to students and the UK community concerning environmental responsibility. Departmental Blue Bikes are available to any UK department to use for up to 16 weeks.

To reserve a Blue Bike for your department, please email Please bring a completed Departmental Blue Bike Authorization Form when you pick up the bicycle. Departments are responsible for maintaining a participant waiver for everyone who uses the bike.

Looking for Something a Little Out of the Ordinary?

Consider a Tandem
How about a bicycle built for two? Check one out during regular shop hours for up to a week at a time.

Bicycle Blender
Introduce a frosty, bike-powered smoothie to your next campus event. Wildcat Wheels has a bicycle-powered blender that can be checked out for use at any campus program. Wildcat Wheels staff will coordinate the delivery and pick-up of the blender bike, while the unit checking out the bike is responsible for providing smoothie ingredients. Download our Program Fact Sheet for more information or email