Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in the Cortland Bike Project?

Any current, full-time students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate in the bike share program.

How do I rent a bike?

Bikes can be checked out from the Outdoor Pursuits Center using your Cortland ID. You will be required to sign a waiver and watch a safety video before your first bike rental.

How do I complete the safety training to use a bike?

We have created a safety video for you to watch that includes all bike laws you are required to follow, as well as safety tips. Once you have completed this and signed the waiver terms and conditions, you have completed your training.

When can I rent bikes?

Bike availability is determined by the weather. Generally, bikes are available from the start of the fall semester until the end of November, and from mid March through the end of the spring semester. Bikes can also be rented over the summer.

In order to properly complete the check-in, users are required to return the key, lock, and any other equipment to the Outdoor Pursuits Center. Operating hours for the Outdoor Pursuits Center are as follows:

Monday – Friday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

How long can I rent a bike for?

Bikes can be checked out for up to seven days. The bike must be returned to the Outdoor Pursuits Center by closing hours of the seventh day or late fines will be assessed. You are responsible for the bike while it is in your possession; take it home and lock it up well. In the event the bike is stolen or damaged, you will be held liable.

Who Runs the Cortland Bike Project?

The Outdoor Pursuits Center is responsible for checking bikes in and out, upkeep and maintenance, assessing fines, and general program design.

Can any accessories be checked out with the bikes?

Yes, bikes come with a lock/key, and can be checked out with front and rear lights (required by state law for night rides) and/or a helmet (which is strongly recommended).

Am I liable for a lost, stolen, or damaged bike?

Yes, the person checking out the bike is responsible for its safe return to the Outdoor Pursuits Center as well as the safe return of the helmet, lock/key, and bike lights. Be sure to report any damage to the Outdoor Pursuits Center before you take the bike.

What should I do in the event of an unforeseen situation?

In the event of an unforeseen situation, such as a bike or lock malfunction that, be sure to notify the Outdoor Pursuits Center and provide them with the details of the situation and whether you will be able to return the bike or not. You should also send an email to with details regarding your situation.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Helmets are provided as a part of the program. If a helmet is checked out, you will be responsible for its safe return. It is strongly encouraged that the helmet is worn, as demonstrated in the bike safety video.