Bike Share

Rules for Use of Tufts Bikes:

  • You must be 18 or older
  • You must be a student, staff or faculty member to check out a bike
  • You must ride on pavement
  • You must wear a helmet (provided upon checkout)
  • You must use lights at night
  • You must have signed a waiver (Please read entire waiver here:

Check Out Procedure:

1. Check the Tisch Library website at for how many bikes are available.

2. Go to library circulation desk and ask for a bike.

3. Read and sign a waiver.

4. Library staff will give you a bike key and helmet.

3. Go to the assigned bike rack. Bikes 1-16 are on the library patio, bikes 17-30 are on the Campus Center patio.

4. Complete pre-ride bike check (see below). If any damage to bike, return to library and fill out a damage report form.

4. Unlock bike and ride wherever you want for up to 8 hours (if the library closes during your 8 hours you have one hour after the library opens in the morning to return the bike).

5. Lock up bike in rack space that corresponds to the bike number.

6. Return key to library. (Do not put the key in the book drop box)

Pre-Ride Bike Check:

1.     Are your tires pumped up? If they seem soft, pump them up using the pump at the campus center patio.
2.     Do the brakes work?
3.     Check wheels for damaged or broken spokes
4.     Does the seat height fit? If not then adjust it.
5.     Do the wheels spin freely?
6.     Riding at night? Be sure to turn your lights on
7.     Scan all other components for obvious damages
8.     If necessary fill out damage report at circulation desk
9.     Always lock your bike!  Pass U-lock through a sturdy part of the frame and around an immovable bike rack, signpost, etc.
10.   Return keys inside library (not the book drop)

** Check out our new fix-it stand on the Campus Center patio to adjust your bike yourself!

The Waiver:

Read the waiver here: Carefully read the waiver before signing it!

13 responses to “Bike Share

  1. this is fantastic.

  2. Awesome!!!
    Hope to get one of them free…yay!!

  3. Will we ever be able to scan them out from the campus center?

  4. The check out is through the library system and thus does not work with the system at the Info Booth in the campus center. Sorry.

  5. Will this be available for the summer?

  6. We are currently working on the possibility of being open for the summer. Ideally we will have half of the bikes available still through the library. Stay tuned for updates!

  7. is it free to borrow it?

  8. why are all the bikes broken?

    • Right now, about half of our bikes are not available for check-out due to broken parts that need to be shipped to Tufts. The orders for these parts have been placed and should be arriving soon. In the meantime, our mechanics are working quickly to get as many bikes back on the racks as possible!

  9. Take a look at the automated system we made for the town of Golden BC, with the Kona “Africa” bike.

  10. This program is really fantastic, but the bikes need to be consistently kept up because often when I rent one, something is broken.

    • Thank you for your input! Are you having trouble renting a bike because they seem to be broken, or the bikes that you do rent have something on them that is broken? If you check a bike out from the library and see something on your bike that is broken, please tell the library right away! They will have you fill out a (short) damage report form so that our mechanics can fix whatever is wrong with the bike.

      If you don’t notice that something is broken on the bike until you are riding it, you can always e-mail our mechanics at

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