Ready to roll: New bikes available

May 21, 2019 | UToday
By Christine Wasserman



As part of the comprehensive transportation services UToledo offers students, faculty and staff, new bicycles — including tandem, hand-pedal and tricycle bikes — have been added to Rocket Wheels’ existing fleet.

“By providing a variety of bikes, we’re not only increasing accessibility and convenience for our campus community, but also ensuring individuals with disabilities have equal opportunity to use various transportation options,” said Bonnie Murphy, associate vice president for auxiliaries.

Students showed off some of the new bicycles, including tandem, hand-pedal and tricycle bikes, available through Rocket Wheels.

Along with 10 regular bikes added to the fleet this spring, Parking and Transportation Services now offers several specialty bikes, which became available May 13 on Main Campus.

“We looked for a corporate sponsor to keep our Rocket Wheels’ bike fleet in top-notch condition each year,” explained Sherri Kaspar, director of parking and transportation. “Thankfully, Walmart immediately stepped up to the plate and provided funding for several new bikes.”

“We’re excited about this partnership with The University of Toledo,” said Jeffrey Gerber, Walmart assistant store manager. “Once we learned of the University’s goal to add variety to their fleet and introduce bikes that will accommodate persons with disabilities, we wanted to help.”

Bikes may be checked out with your Rocket Card and should be returned to one of four locations conveniently located throughout campus: next to the west parking garage, by Rocket Hall near the horse sculpture, next to Ritter Planetarium and by the North Engineering Building.

To register to use these bikes and review safety guidelines, visit Rocket Wheels’ website.

In addition to bikes, Lime scooters also are available if you need to travel from one corner of campus to another. Riders are reminded to use scooters only on campus. The UToledo Student Code of Conduct, as well as all local and federal laws, are applicable whenever you use Lime scooters. For more information, visit the electric scooter sharing web page.

“All University transportation information, including TARTA bus service schedules, is available on our Parking and Transportation Services’ website,” Kaspar said. “Our No. 1 goal is to make sure our customers — especially students — have several options to get around campus, while also remaining safe.”

If you have any questions related to UToledo transportation services, contact parking@utoledo.edu.