Bicycle Loan Program

The Simons Institute makes a limited number of commuter bicycles available for loan to long-term Institute visitors staying at least one month. Visitors interested in participating in the bicycle loan program should meet with our Office Manager, Robin Hoey, upon arrival at the Institute (Calvin Lab 130, rhoey [at] berkeley [dot] edu, +1 510.664.9075).

  • Bring your helmet to this meeting. For your protection, we lend bikes only once we've seen your helmet. If you do not yet own a helmet, you can purchase one from any local bike shop, or one of the larger box stores (e.g. Target, in Emeryville), which may have lower prices. The Simons Institute has a relationship with Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative, which is within walking distance of the Institute (1988 Shattuck, north of University); Institute visitors receive a 10% discount on all purchases.
  • Please also bring a check for $350 for a bike & lock deposit, made out to UC Regents.
  • At the meeting, you will sign liability forms and review campus bicycle policies.

You are responsible for the bicycle until you return it to the Institute. Loss of or damage to the bicycle will result in the loss of all or part of your deposit.

Resources:
UC Berkeley Bike Safety
Bike routes in Berkeley
The Simons Institute works with the Missing Link Bike Cooperative to maintain our fleet of bicycles. 

FAQs:

1. Where can I ride a bicycle in the Bay Area?

The Bay Area is a bike-friendly area. Most local roads have labeled bike lanes and the campus is generally bike-friendly, except for well marked areas where riders must disembark and walk their bicycle.

2. Do I need anything else?

For your protection, we lend bikes only once we've seen your helmet. You should purchase a bike helmet, or bring one with you. All of our bicycles come with reflectors and a U-lock, but you should also consider purchasing a headlight and taillight for your bicycle if you will be riding at night.

3. What if the bike is lost stolen while I am borrowing it?

You will lose your $350 deposit. You should contact Robin Hoey (rhoey [at] berkeley [dot] edu, +1 510.664.9075) immediately, and file a police report with UCPD.

4. What if I lose the U-lock?

You will be charged $35 for replacement of the U-lock.

5. When can I get my deposit back?

You will get the full deposit back if you return the bicycle, lock and keys in good condition.

6. What if I have technical problems with my bike?  

Please contact our Office Manager, Robin Hoey (rhoey [at] berkeley [dot] edu, +1 510.664.9075).

7. May I borrow a bike for my accompanying family members?
Sorry, no. Institute bicycles are available only for scientific visitors.