EC Bike Share

Bike Share is a collaborative venture operated by Public Safety and supported by the Environmental Leadership Program and Student Life. The program provides a low-cost transport option for students to travel around campus and out into the wider Richmond community.


Utilizing the Earlham College bike share to ride a bicycle on the road means sharing the road with cars, tracks and motorcycles. That can be a scary thought, but if you ride smart, you can be safe and enjoy the ride.

Bicycle Indiana provides a few tips and reminders to help you share the road with sense and safety.

Rental bikes and fees

A fleet of city and hybrid bikes are available for free daily rental. Mountain bikes for more technical terrain are available for $5/day. Bikes can be taken for overnight trips for a charge of $10/night.

People using bikes

How it works

To use Bike Share, follow these easy steps:

  1. Sign up online.
  2. Go to Public Safety, find an available bike in the rack outside and note the painted number on the frame.
  3. Sign out the bike at the Public Safety front desk and receive the key for your bike.
  4. Unlock your bike and do an “ABC Quick Check” for the following:
    • Air — inflated tires and no visible defects.
    • Brakes — both levers working and brake pads align with wheel rims when engaged.
    • Chain + cranks — wind the pedals backwards, make sure the chain is on, running smoothly and has no rust.
    • Quick — quick release levers on wheels and saddle should be closed and secure.
    • Check — do a short ride to test for comfort: seat is at a height that allows you to place the balls of both feet on the ground when astride the saddle; check that your gear shifters work and select a gear that enables you to turn the pedals easily without spinning inefficiently.
      If any parts are not working, please make the necessary adjustment if you able to. Otherwise ask a Public Safety staff member for help or request a different bike and inform the staff of the faults on the bike that needs fixing.
  5. Go ride! Wear a helmet, follow Indiana road rules, and lock your bike securely to a non-removable structure when you are not using it.*
  6. Return your bike to the Public Safety rack by 11 p.m. on the day of rental (a late fee applies**).
  7. Tell your friends and get out there again soon!

* Bike Share bikes found unlocked will be returned to Public Safety and a $10 service fee will be applied to your student account

** To qualify for free rental, bikes must be returned by 11 p.m., otherwise a late fee will be charged to your student account. Charges will also be passed on to the user for any damage beyond normal wear and tear.


Public Safety

Jason Elliott


Outdoor Education Program

Kim Reid

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.