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Bike Share

Lime has come to the City of Tacoma to pilot Bike Share!

Lime currently offers electric-assist bicycles for rent. Bikes are also available throughout Tacoma. Students who sign up with their @uw.edu e-mail address receive 50% off all rides.

How it works

  1. Download the Lime app on your Apple or Android device.
  2. Locate a bike available for rent using the app, or find one parked around campus.
  3. Scan the QR code on the back of the bike in the app to unlock.
  4. Ride away!
  5. Once your ride is done, park your bike at a bike rack on campus. Push closed the lock on the back wheel to end your ride.

Regulations & Best Practices

  • Wear a helmet. It’s the law in Pierce County. If you need help obtaining a helmet, check out Downtown on the Go! shop for some affordable options, or contact Transportation Services.
  • Park at a bike rack. Although bike share bikes can be parked in the right of way (the area between the sidewalk and the curb) in other parts of Tacoma, bikes must be parked at a bike rack on campus. Make sure bikes are not blocking any sidewalk, doorway, ramp, or any place where it could block pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
  • Obey all traffic laws and campus policies. Always yield to pedestrians, and practice safe riding techniques when cruising around campus. Check out our general bicycle safety tips and rules here.
  • Do a safety check before you ride. Make sure the wheels aren’t flat and the brakes are in working order (give them a squeeze) before unlocking the bike. Report any damage directly to Lime in the app.

For more information about rules and policies about cycling on campus refer to Chapter 478-118 WAC.

Reporting Improperly Parked Bikes

If a bike is parked in a place where it shouldn’t be, there are a few options for reporting it:

  • Contact Lime directly by reporting the bike as mis-parked in the app.
  • Contact Transportation Services at transit@uw.edu or 253.692.5660.
  • Contact Facilities Services at facility@uw.edu or 253.692.5700.

Whether you are a fair weather rider or a hardcore bike activist, UW Tacoma welcomes cyclists. Bicycling is an excellent choice for the environment and your health.

Parking your bike

When parking your bike, utilize bicycle racks whenever possible. There are several bike racks around campus including a sheltered rack at the southeast end of the Library, near the C Street curve.

Don’t obstruct walkways, railings, doorways or ramps intended for use by pedestrians or people with disabilities. Bicycles are prohibited from being parked in the public spaces of buildings on campus. 

Bicycle parking and security

Most thefts can be prevented by properly securing your bicycle with an adequate lock to a secure parking facility such as a bike rack. 

Report a stolen bike to Campus Safety and Security immediately at 253-692-4416 or call the local police department within the community where the bike was stolen. To report a theft or other crime in progress call 9-911 on campus phones, 911 from other phones. Provide the bike registration number, serial number, make, model, size and color.

Bicycle safety

Pierce County requires cyclists to wear helmets. If ridden at night, bicycles must be equipped with a white headlight and a red rear reflector.

Taking your bicycle on the bus, light rail or train

Combining your bike commute with a bus ride can be a great daily option or a back-up plan in case weather or weariness makes riding home less than enjoyable.

All Pierce Transit buses are equipped with bike racks. If the rack is full, bikes may be brought aboard Pierce Transit buses — but not Sound Transit buses (for Sound Transit's bike policy go here). Cyclists are responsible for handling and assuring the security of their bikes. Pierce Transit assumes no responsibility for bikes stolen or damaged while parked at a rack or locker.

The Tacoma Link Light Rail will also accept bicycles.

Lockers and shower stalls

If you prefer to change your clothes or shower before or after cycling there are four "commuter bathrooms" on campus that have showers. Two are located on the 3rd floor of GWP and two are on the ground floor of the Joy Building (across from Joy 001). Lockers are available in the BHS building and Mattress Factory. You must provide your own lock.

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