Getting around safely and sustainably
From bicycles to electric buses, the University of Georgia is continuously improving safety and providing choices for students, faculty, and staff to reduce dependence on single-occupancy vehicles to get to, from, and around campus.
UGA reCYCLE is a need-based bicycle recycling and redistribution program for the UGA campus community. The program refurbishes bikes that were abandoned on campus bike racks and puts them in the hands of UGA students and employees who need them for transportation to and from school or work. The reCYCLE program is driven by a coalition of partners including UGA Transportation & Parking, UGA Office of Sustainability, UGA Police Department, and the local nonprofit BikeAthens.
How to Get a Bike
Bikes are donated by referral. Requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that bikes may not be immediately available depending on inventory and workload.
Students can obtain a referral for a bike from one of the following campus student services:
UGA employees need a referral from their supervisor that states that the employee needs the bike for transportation.
Supervisors should email the Office of Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
BikeAthens is a community partner that provides refurbished bikes for this program. Some of the bikes were originally left behind on campus and have passed through the official impound process. UGA staff tag bikes that appear to be abandoned. If the bike is still in the same location and condition after 90 days, staff will cut the lock, remove the bike, and in accordance with Georgia state abandoned property law, impound it for another 90 days. Unclaimed bikes are transferred by Superior Court approval from state custody to BikeAthens, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.