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UK Transportation Services has two exciting options for you if you don’t own a bike or if you can’t bring yours to campus this fall.

Big Blue Cycles

Big Blue Cycles is a fleet of more than 150 bicycles available exclusively to students who live in campus housing and sign a one-year car-free commitment. Students selected for this program will have the bicycle for the entire academic year.

These commuter-style, eight-speed bicycles come equipped with fenders, a lock, an optional helmet, and a bell. Big Blue Cycles falls under the umbrella of Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library (WWBL), a free bike repair shop on campus.

If more than 150 students apply for the program, a random drawing will be used to select the group of students who will receive a Big Blue Cycle. Returning residents who held a parking permit the previous year receive priority consideration.

Participants must complete a one-hour safety orientation session, provided by Wildcat Wheels.

The application deadline for Big Blue Cycles is Friday, August 16. Learn more and apply online here.

Semester Bike Lottery

A second option for students seeking a bike is the WWBL Fall 2024 Semester Bike Lottery. Wildcat Wheels has a fleet of 100 bicycles that can be checked out at no cost for a full semester at a time. Since demand for these bikes often exceeds supply, selection is handled through a random lottery.

The lottery is open to all UK students, staff, and faculty. The application deadline is Friday, August 16. Apply online here.

In addition to Big Blue Cycles and the Semester Bike Lottery, Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library also has bicycles that may be checked out by students and employees free-of-charge on a weekly basis, as well as bikes available for departmental use.

Wildcat Wheels is a free, education-based bike shop that was created to assist the campus community with bicycle maintenance and repair. It’s funded by UK Transportation Services and is located on the first floor of Blazer Dining, near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Avenue of Champions. Learn more about Wildcat Wheels and everything the shop has to offer.

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