Free Bike Share Program (Melbourne campus)

Riding a bike is a fun and efficient way to get around the Bundoora Campus, whether you are meeting friends at the Agora, need to go shopping at Polaris, 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 the 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 the Melbourne Campus only.

La Trobe University has also teamed up with Polaris3083 developers Dealcorp, to give access (for a small fee) to their residents who wish to utilise La Trobe's University Campus facilities.

The Bike Share Program is now open and there is currently space for:

  • 15 La Trobe University Community
  • 10 Polaris3083 residents

Register for the Bike Share Program

Bundoora Staff and Students only (free)

1. Register for the program online

2. Please save your email receipt on your mobile device

3. To collect your helmet (La Trobe Community only) and program access key call: 9479 3929 to arrange a time

4. Report to I&0 Service Desk at CS1

5. Show receipt on your mobile device, watch the bike use demo then sign out a key and helmet

Polaris 3083 residents only ($30 Joining fee)

1. Register for the program online

2. Please save your email receipt on your mobile device

3. To collect your program access key call: 9479 3929 to arrange a time

4. Report to I&0 Service Desk on the La Trobe University Campus at CS1

5. Show receipt on your mobile device, watch the bike use demo then sign out a key.

Bike docking stations

The Locations of the Bike Share bike docking stations are provided on the Melbourne campus bicycle infrastructure map.

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 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.

Free Biker's Brekkie (Melbourne campus)

Did you know that cyclists on the Melbourne 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.

Our Partners

  • Life Skills provides all of the maintenance for the Bike Share bicycles. Life Skills' contribution is invaluable for the success of the project while at the same time providing an opportunity for Life Skills participants to develop their bicycle auditing and maintenance skills.
  • Polaris3083 providing support for the program.
  • The City of Darebin actively encourages sustainable travel and is supporting La Trobe University's bike share scheme.