UCD Bike Library Pilot Rolled Out to All Students

UCD Bike Library pilot programme launched in November now offered to the full UCD community

The UCD Bike Library pilot programme, which was launched last November and available to UCD staff, is now open to all UCD staff and students. 

UCD students can now apply for folding bikes from the Bike Library. The bikes can be accessed on-campus using self-service bike bunkers.

The UCD Bike Library initiative is coordinated by UCD Energy Institute in partnership with UCD Library. This pilot programme is one of three Sustainability Demonstrator research projects supported by Performance Funding through the Higher Education Authority. 

Academic lead Professor Francesco Pilla, based in the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, said: 

“We are delighted that this new scheme makes bike loans available free of charge to all the students and staff in UCD.The aim of the initiative is to encourage all the members of the UCD Community to make a permanent modal shift to sustainable, active travel for their daily commutes and take an active role in achieving the climate neutrality target of Dublin city.” 

The UCD Bike Library is an expansion of Prof. Pilla’s Bike Library project which offers free bike leases to parents of pupils in participating schools and members of participating sports clubs.

UCD Students’ Union President Martha Ní Riada said:

“Making cycling accessible for all students is an important part of a sustainable university, particularly at a time when many students are facing longer and more expensive commutes. We in the Students’ Union are pleased to work with the Energy Institute on this pilot Bike Library scheme. It’s a really promising initiative that will demonstrate how accessible cycling options can make getting to and around campus much easier for students. We are encouraging as many students as possible to rally behind and make use of it, and hope that the University will continue to support it into the future.”

UCD Vice President for Sustainability Professor Tasman Crowe said:

“The Bike Library programme is a fantastic example of what can be done when a great idea for sustainability is put into practice through collaboration between diverse members of a university community. I hope that this initiative can be picked up by other libraries and organisations around the country and beyond.”

The Sustainability Demonstrator research projects, based in the UCD Energy Institute, are investigating new approaches to sustainability, focusing on the role libraries and higher education institutions can play in facilitating a modal shift to more sustainable commuting patterns.

The project is intended to demonstrate that bike libraries can function in a self-service format as with other equipment lending services which libraries offer. The project will develop a framework for bike lending libraries as an open resource for other Higher Education institutions, and organisations of similar size, to implement.

  • UCD students and staff who are interested in a bike loan can fill in the application form at this link..