Free Wheelers Bike Share

Free Wheelers - The Shortest Distance Between Two Classes!

What is Free Wheelers?

Free Wheelers at the cape

The UMass Lowell Free Wheelers Bike Share program provides free bicycles for students, faculty and staff. Bicycle check out is quick and easy and you only need to register once. After you register, simply check out and return a bike at any of the 5 check-out stations on campus. Bicycles are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Free Wheelers will be available only at the Campus Rec. Center and University Crossing. Check out locations starting December 18.

New Free Wheeler App!!

Find out how many bikes are available at each check out station! Go to:

Check Out Locations & Maps

Check-Out Stations

  • East Campus: Campus Recreation Center Welcome Desk
  • South Campus: O'Leary Library Information Desk & Riverview Fitness Center Welcome Desk
  • North Campus: Lydon Library Information desk
  • University Crossing: Information Desk on first floor


Semester Availability

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Lydon and O'Leary Library checkout locations close at 4 p.m. on Fridays)
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m (Only CRC and Riverview Fitness Center)

Summer Availability - Only Available at Campus Recreation Center!

Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Only Current University Faculty, Staff, and Students may register for Free Wheelers. To Register:

  1. Complete a waiver & a quiz
  2. Have your UCard authenticated
  3. Review safety information

Registration is active for 1 academic year.

Register in one of two ways:

  1. Visit any checkout station and follow their instructions.
  2. Download the Waiver and quiz below, and return it to any station.

How to Check-out and Return a Bicycle

Once you are registered, you can go to any Bike check-out stations ;and request a bike. The staff will give you a key and then you head to the racks. Racks are typically blue and marked with UMass Lowell Free Wheelers decals just like the decals on the bicycles. Simply match your key number with the appropriate bike number and you can unlock your bike. Be sure to lock your bike securely before returning the keys to any of the checkout stations by the close of  operating hours.

Review this handout for more information on the Anatomy of a Free Wheeler (pdf).

Weekly Rentals

Bikes are available only at the Campus recreation center, and are rented for up to 7 days at a time.

These bikes are yours during the whole 7 day rental, feel free to take an evening trip downtown, commute from home or get to your 8 a.m. class with out a hassle! 

Weekly rentals include a U-Lock and optional helmet.

Policies & Guidelines

  • Late Fees: A $20 per day late fee will be charged to all those failing to return a bike to a designated checkout station by the end of program hours the day it is borrowed.
  • Property: By borrowing a bike you agree to be held financially responsible if the bike is damaged or stolen. Any person borrowing a bike not returned in the condition that it was issued will be charged an appropriate repair fee. Anyone not returning a bike will be charged an $800 replacement fee. A hold will be placed on the borrowers university account and he/she will also not be allowed to register for classes without paying the replacement fee.
  • Lock and Key: The key must be returned to a check-in station when the bike is returned. If a U Lock key is lost the user will be charged a $45 replacement fee. 

Locking and Unlocking the Bike

Things to keep in mind when locking your bike:

  • The U-Lock should pass through the rear wheel, the frame, and lock around the bike rack.

  • Never leave the key in the lock.

Ride safely and have fun as you navigate between campuses using sustainable transportation!

When you arrive at your destination, simply lock your bicycle to the designated UMass Lowell Free Wheelers bike rack and bring your key into the check-out station.


Email us. To report a mechanical issue, please call us at 978-934-6797.