What is the Green Bike Program?
The Green Bike Program is a bike rental program facilitated by the Residence Hall Association, a student organization that provides programming and leadership opportunities for on-campus residents at Missouri State University. This program is self-sustaining, meaning that any funds raised through checking out bikes are put directly back into the program to cover the cost of bike repairs, paint, and locks. RHA does not profit from Green Bike checkouts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions about the Green Bike Program. Any questions you may have that are not answered below should be directed to RHA@missouristate.edu or to Travis D. Schilla, Coordinator of Leadership Development and Programming in Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services at (417) 836-6591 or at TravisSchilla@missouristate.edu.
A: RHA holds a Green Bike checkout in August and in January, typically during the first week of the academic semester. Specific dates are posted in the residence halls and via RHA’s social media accounts leading up to the checkout. Some bikes may be available for checkout during the summer as well.
A: Bikes may be checked out for $25 for a full academic year (August to May) or for $15 per semester (August to December or January to May). Summer rental (May to August), when available, will be billed at the semester rate.
A: All charges will be assessed to your University account. We are unable to accept cash, checks, or credit cards.
A: The rental fee provides you with a Green Bike for the semester/year as well as a lock and key to ensure your bike is secured while in your possession.
A: If your bike is lost and cannot be returned to RHA at the end of your rental period, you will be assessed a $50 fee. Bikes that are stolen should be reported to the Department of Safety and Transportation at (417)836-5509. You will also need to contact RHA at RHA@missouristate.edu to report the theft. You will not be charged for stolen bikes as long as a report is filed with Safety and Transportation. Damages will be assessed on a case-by-case basis at check-in, and a maximum of $50 may be charged.
A: Missouri State University has four bike maintenance stations on campus that are free to use and include basic bike repair tools including a tire pump. These stations are located in front of Garst Dining Center and near the Foster Recreation Center, Kemper Hall and Strong Hall. If you are unable to repair the bike to your needs, please contact RHA at RHA@missouristate.edu to find out if another bike is available to trade. If no bike is available, you will be refunded at a pro-rate for the time you have used your Green Bike.
Here are some great videos that can help you perform basic bike maintenance.
A: Yes! Anyone at Missouri State University, including students, faculty, and staff, may check out a Green Bike. The only requirement is that you have a University account, which is necessary for us to bill you for your bike rental.
A: At the end of each school year, the Department of Safety and Transportation visits the bike racks on campus and marks all bikes with a tag; these tags are used to track which bikes are abandoned. Bikes that are abandoned are confiscated by Safety and Transportation, and, after a significant waiting period, bikes that remain unclaimed are donated to RHA to be used in the Green Bike Program.
A: Unfortunately we are unable to accept any bike donations at this time. If you are looking for a place to donate your bike, consider one of the local thrift shops including Red Racks Thrift Stores, Salvation Army Thrift Store, Springfield Goodwill Store, Plaid Door Resale Boutique, and YOTO Community Thrift Store.
History of the Green Bike Program:
The Green Bike program was started at Missouri State in the spring of 2011 as a way to promote sustainability by reusing abandoned and donated bikes.
Since its inception, the Residence Hall Association has been proud to offer this service to students at a minimal cost.
A total of 107 bikes have been a part of the Green Bike Program. Roughly twenty of these bikes have been stolen or deconstructed for parts throughout the many semesters of the program.
As bikes in the program age, they will be discontinued and scrapped for parts, or their repair costs will increase.
This year, 53 bikes were checked out to students for the Fall 2014 semester.
The program is growing rapidly, and the excitement from the students about this program makes it one of the highlights for RHA each semester.
Benefits of the Green Bike Program:
The Green Bike program has benefited the Springfield campus by allowing students to check out a bike at a very affordable price and allows for students to travel around campus in an efficient and sustainable way.
Furthermore, it has benefited the surrounding community by reducing the number of cars on the road, thereby reducing traffic and parking issues, as well as the carbon emissions associated with cars.
One unexpected benefit this program has had is providing a resource for our international student population. Over the summer semesters a number of students from the English Language Institute use Green Bikes and many international students use the bikes throughout the year.