Campus Recreation

Bike Share Program

UH Hilo Bike Share - Borrow a bike to get around town

Campus Recreation offers a Bike Share Program that will allow students without reliable transportation to increase mobility around town. Students can ease car traffic around Hilo, promote physical fitness, and help decrease our dependence on carbon emissions! Borrowing a bike is simple, and we encourage all Vulcans to test-ride our bikes for your short errands.

Bike Share Hours

Days to check out a bike:

  • Monday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Checking in a bike can be done at the SLC Lifeguard stand at any time. You must bring the bike, lock and key back at the same time.

Rentals must be returned within the allotted timeframe.

Rental Date Return Date
Monday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Tuesday by 3:00 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Thursday by 3:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Friday by 3:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Monday by 3:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday by 3:00 pm

SLC Hours for bike return at Lifeguard Stand

  • Monday-Friday 6:30 am - 6 pm
  • Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
  • Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm

Checking Out a Bike

  1. You need to be at least 18 years and older and sign the waiver at the bike share shop inside the SLC.
  2. Come to Campus Recreation Lifeguard office located in the Student Life Center during normal business hours.
    1. Bring your validated UH Hilo ID and contact information
  3. Check out a bike
  4. We'll give you your bike number and key to the lock.
    1. Upon return, all items need to be returned or you will receive a strike.
  5. Conduct a safety check on the bike to make sure it's in good working order.
  6. Have a safe ride around town.
    1. Check out the safety guidelines from the County of Hawaiʻi

Returning the Bike

Bikes are due back by 3:00pm on the indicated return day.

Please bring to the SLC Lifeguard stand. You must have your student ID to enter the building. Do not forget the Lock and the key to the Lock The bike must be returned in good working condition.

After any rental period, students must wait one day before re-renting a bike. This allows others to make use of our popular program. There is a chance of re-renting the same day, if there is no demand.

If you notice any problems with the bike during your reservation, please let our staff know so we can get it fixed.


It is recommended that all riders wear a helmet, so we strongly suggest you bring your own. If you do not bring your own helmet, we require you rent a helment (for free)with your bicycle rental. You can buy a helmet at the Hilo Bike Hub , Mid-Pacific Wheels , or any large retailer that carries bicycles (Wal-Mart, Target, etc).

What if I don’t have my ID with me?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to check out a bike. We only accept Validated Student IDs. Even if you have other forms of ID, it's the UH Hilo ID that verifies you as a current student, faculty, or staff. You will also need this to get into the SLC.

No Validated ID = No Bike.

How many bikes are available?

We have a limited amount of bikes available. With your kōkua we are able to rent the bikes out consistently and be able to maintain any repairs for future bike-share riders.

Checking bike availability…

Late Fees and Rules

The following information is about our Late Fee Policy:

  • If the bike is not returned by the return time, the "One Strike Policy" will begin to take affect.

One Strike Policy

Late Return/Improperly Locked Bike/Damaged Bike

Warning: After the first time that a bike and/or its equipment is not returned on time, you will be issued a warning. A warning may also be issued if it is discovered that you have not properly locked the bike issued to you.

Strike 1:
After the second time that a bike and/or its equipment is not returned on time. You will not be able to borrow a bike for 1 month and will be issued a second strike. You will also receive an automatic strike 1 if the bike comes back damaged or equipment is missing and be held to a financial obligation until repairs or replacements have been completed. A strike may also be issued if it is discovered that you have not properly locked the bike issued to you for the second time.

Note: Regular wear and tear such as a popped tire, scratches, etc., will not be charged but you must report any issues. If you do have a popped tire, it will be your responsibility to return the bike to the Student Life Center front desk. You must immediately report lost or stolen bikes.

General Rules

  • All Rentals are first come, first serve. There is no waitlist.
  • After each rental, you must wait at least 24 hours before the next rental to ensure everyone has a chance to rent the bikes.
  • Any and all issues need to be reported to Campus Recreation as soon as possible.
  • Ride at your own risk, Campus recreation is not responsible for any damage or injuries.
  • You are responsible for all damage that you cause to the bike.
  • You must follow to all state and local laws while riding.
  • You must lock your bike properly each time, this includes locking both wheels and the frame to a stationary object. You are responsible for any losses that occur due to improper locking. If your bike does get stolen, please bring us the police report number.

Estimated charges for lost, stolen, or damaged items

  • Bike - $150-$850 we've purchased bikes for long lasting quality. Please be respectful and responsible for our bikes.
  • Key and Lock- $45
  • Seat - $30-$40

What if there are no more bikes available?

Bikes are checked out on a first-come-first-served system and we do not take reservations.

Cyclist Safety Tips

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • If biking at night, you must use a light.
  • If you get a ticket, you will need to pay for it.
  • Stay in designated bikes lanes around town.
  • Wear visible, bright colors, especially at night.
  • Follow the rules of the road, read the road signs, and stay alert.
  • Bikes should be locked securely through the front tires then the bike frame and finally to a bicycle rack.
  • Bikes should never be locked or chained to roadway signposts, parking meters, or railing. Only lock bikes to approved bicycle racks.
  • Bikes shall not be operated on pedestrian walkways or within campus buildings.
  • Review the safety guidelines from the County of Hawaiʻi or visit the Student Life Center front desk to see a bigger poster with information.