Bike Share program

The program will be back semester 2, 2014

Riding a bike is a fun and efficient way to get around campus, whether you are meeting friends at the Agora, heading to a meeting or a lecture, or just feel like pushing the pedals to stretch your legs in a study break.

La Trobe's subsidised on-campus bike share program gives you ready access to human-powered wheels, so you can enjoy the convenience and joy of cruising campus on a bicycle.

In collaboration with Lifeskills, La Trobe University's Bike Share program is part of La Trobe's sustainable transport options available for staff and students on Melbourne Campus only.

Register for the Bike Share Program

Registrations are will be open in Semester 2, 2014

Bike docking stations

View the map of the 11 bike docking stations [PDF 1.5MB] around the Melbourne campus. 

The docking stations are located at:

  1. Sports Centre
  2. University Lodge
  3. Menzies College
  4. Union Building
  5. David Myers Centre (undercroft)
  6. Thomas Cherry forecourt
  7. Health Sciences 3
  8. LIMS 1
  9. Wildlife Sanctuary
  10. La Trobe Melbourne
  11. AgriBio

How does the locking system work?

The universal 'key capture' locking system keeps your key safe in the bike-mounted lock, until you dock the bike at a La Trobe bike share docking station. Once you dock a bike, the key is released and you can be on your way.

Bikes in La Trobe University's Bike Share Program can be found at one of 11 designated bike share docking stations around the campus. Each bicycle has a lock fitted to it, and bike hoops at bike share docking stations are fitted with chained latch-bolts. Once a universal key is used to release bike from the bike share docking station, the key remains 'captured' in the lock - much like the common coin-operated shopping trolley system. This means that as the bicycles are ridden around with the key captured in the lock until they are docked at a bike share docking station.

To unlock a bike

  • Insert the key.
  • Turn the key 90 degrees.
  • Turn the latch-bolt 90 degrees.
  • Pull the latch-bolt out of the lock — the bike is released and you are on your way.  

To lock a bike

  • Insert the latch-bolt at a docking station into your bike's lock.
  • Turn the latch-bolt 90 degrees.
  • Turn the key 90 degrees.
  • Pull the key out of the lock.
  • Carry the key with you safely until next time you want to ride a bike.

As part of the starter packs, you will receive a brief introduction to have a practical understanding of how the system works.

Free cycle-confidence training

Registered users will be able to attend free cycle-confidence training sessions on campus. They will be especially tailored for La Trobe students and staff, on campus. The training will be delivered by Bikes@Work who have been training bicycle users for over five years in and around Melbourne.

Please feel welcome to send suggestions for day and time that you would prefer to attend a session. We intend for it to be on a weekday.

 

Topics which may be included in the classes:

  • bike safety check
  • riding for visibility and safety
  • setting pedal and starting off smoothly
  • braking technique
  • how gears work
  • straight line riding
  • one handed riding
  • scanning
  • slalom (steering around cones)
  • merging and taking the lane
  • using gears appropriate for speed and conditions
  • avoiding obstacles
  • rights and responsibilities on the roads
  • correct positioning on roads
  • approach to and positioning at intersections
  • roundabouts
  • sharing the roads with heavy vehicles.

Intermediate class

The intermediate class will cover items such as: 

  • bike control drills e.g. steering around cones and cornering, emergency braking
  • merging and taking the lane
  • using gears appropriate for speed and conditions
  • avoiding obstacles
  • rights and responsibilities on the roads
  • correct positioning on roads
  • approach to and positioning at intersections
  • roundabouts
  • sharing the roads with heavy vehicles.

Free Biker's Brekkie

Did you know that all people using bicycles on campus are welcome to enjoy a free breakfast at Lifeskills café once a month? Find out more about La Trobe University'sfree Biker's Brekkie.

Supporters

  • Lifeskills provides all of the maintenance for the bikes. Lifeskills' contribution is invaluable for the success of the project while at the same time providing an opportunity for Lifeskills participants to develop their bicycle auditing and maintenance skills. 
  • Kali bike helmets have given a generous discount on helmets for this program, and thrown some in for no cost too. Check out their range.
  • The City of Darebin actively encourages sustainable travel and is supporting La Trobe University's bike share scheme.

Enquiries and feedback

We are looking for all feedback from students and staff interested in the scheme. Please email transportcentral@latrobe.edu.au and you will hear from the Environmental Sustainability Unit shortly.