UNM Bike Rental

September 26, 2011

Pedal peddlers: rental bike boom on campus

Several bike rental programs currently exist at UNM, and more may be on the way.

UNM Recreation Services’ rental program allows students to rent bikes, U-locks and helmets for $40 per week or $10 per day.

Parking and Transportation Services allows UNM departments to rent bikes for free to faculty and staff under its Lobo Bikes program. UNM bike shop coordinator Noel Ortiz said he started Recreation Service’s bike rental program two years ago to fill a need he saw in Albuquerque and on campus.

“When I tried to find a local bike rental program, I couldn’t find one,” he said. “The closest place to go if you wanted to rent a bike was Taos. The response is quite amazing, but we have to do constant promotions to make people aware there are bikes for rent.”

Student Matthew Wilder, along with his business partner Richard Rivas, developed LoboBike, different than Lobo Bikes, which repairs and recycles bikes that would have been thrown away. Read more...