Gator Gears: Rules and Regulations

 

Eligibility and Availability

The Gator Gears program is open to all currently enrolled students. Students must have a valid UFID number and GatorLink address and be currently enrolled in classes at the University of Florida in order to participate in the program.

Each Gator Gears bicycle may only be ridden by the participant to whom it has been rented and may not be shared with additional riders.

Bicycles are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis as available. A waiting list will be maintained if all bicycles are rented.

Rental Rates

Gator Gears bicycle rental rates are:

  • Any one semester (Fall, Spring or Summer): $40
  • Any two semesters (Fall-Spring or Spring-Summer): $70
  • Annual season rental (Fall-Summer of a given academic year): $100

Semester and annual rental durations for the 2016-17 academic year are defined as:

  • 1-semester rental: 2017 Summer Semester (May 8, 2017 - August 4, 2017)
  • 2-semester rental: 2017 Spring Semester and 2017 Summer Semester (January 4, 2017 - August 4, 2017)
  • Full 2016-17 Academic Year rental (August 22, 2016 – August 4, 2017)

Semester and annual rental durations for the 2017-18 academic year are defined as:

  • 1-semester rental: 2017 Fall Semester (August 21, 2017 – December 6, 2017)
  • 1-semester rental: 2018 Spring Semester (January 8, 2018 – April 25, 2018)
  • 1-semester rental: 2018 Summer Semester (May 14, 2018 - August 10, 2018)
  • 2-semester rental: 2017 Fall Semester and 2018 Spring Semester (August 21, 2017 – April 25, 2018)
  • 2-semester rental: 2018 Spring Semester and Summer Semester (January 8, 2018 - August 10, 2018)
  • Full 2017-18 Academic Year rental (August 21, 2017 – August 10, 2018)

Bicycles must be returned on or before the last date in the rental duration. Please note that the end date for each semester is the end of regular classes, and Reading Days and Final Exams are not included in the rental term. If a customer needs to extend their rental through Reading Days/Finals, they will need to contact Gator Gears to arrange that extension.

Rental fees are 100% non-refundable.

Annual Rental Season

The Gator Gears rental season begins each Fall semester and runs through the end of the following Summer semester. Annual season rentals are available only at the beginning of each season. Once a season has started, participants may rent a bike for the remainder of that season only (for example, a participant renting a bicycle during the Spring 2016 semester would be able to rent it for two semesters maximum, until the end of the season). Annual rentals will become available again at the beginning of each season.

Billing and Payment

All bicycle rental and repair fees will be charged to the participant’s student account for payment. Any fees not paid within the current billing cycle will result in the account being flagged. Rental fees are 100% non-refundable.

Bicycle Returns and Damage Fees

Gator Gears will hold a return event at the end of each semester to allow participants to return their bicycles. Our staff will contact all participants via email prior to their scheduled return date to inform them of the return event location, date and time. Participants are responsible for returning their bicycle on or before the scheduled return date.

Participants who wish to discontinue enrollment prior to their normal scheduled return date are solely responsible for contacting Gator Gears and scheduling a date and time to return their bicycle to an authorized program representative.

Bicycles that are not returned by the normal scheduled return date will be subject to a $250 replacement fee charged to the student's account.

All bicycles will be subject to a full mechanical inspection upon return, and any damaged parts that must be replaced will be paid for by the participant.

Lost/Stolen Bicycle Policy and Fees

Bicycles not returned by the scheduled return date for any reason (lost, damaged, stolen, etc.) will be subject to a $250 replacement fee.

If the bicycle is stolen, the customer must report the theft to the UF Police Department as soon as the theft is discovered and provide Gator Gears with a copy of the police report. Gator Gears may then waive the replacement fee based on the contents of the police report.

Any customer who has reported a stolen bike, had the replacement fee waived through the police report process, and wishes to continue participation in the Gator Gears program during the same semester or any future semester will be subject to a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of $125. This fee must be paid along with any applicable rental charges prior to the issuance of a replacement or new bicycle.

The $250 replacement fee for a stolen bicycle may only be waived once per customer. Any other bikes that are reported stolen by the same customer must have the replacement fee paid in full.

Health, Fitness, and Safety

Participants in the Gator Gears bicycle rental program take full responsibility for any and all risks to themselves and others that may result from riding a bicycle. Participants agree to adhere to all federal, state, and local traffic and safety laws pertaining to bicycling. Further, participants also acknowledge that they have the necessary experience to correctly ride and use a bicycle and do not have any pre-existing medical conditions that would be adversely impacted through participation in the program. The University of Florida assumes no liability for any accident or injury which may arise from participation in the Gator Gears program.

Helmets

A free helmet will be provided with the bicycle. We highly recommend the use of a helmet when riding a bicycle in order to reduce the risk of injuries and provide a safer riding experience.

Bicycle Accessories

Each Gator Gears bicycle comes with a front basket, rear rack, front and rear fenders and a combination U-lock. Participants may purchase and install their own additional safety and convenience-related accessories (lights, panniers, bells, bags, reflectors, etc.) as long as these accessories do not permanently damage or alter the bicycle in any way. However, participants may not modify their bicycle by replacing or removing any existing parts.

Bicycles and locks must be returned undamaged with all parts and accessories installed as originally accepted, and any additional accessories installed by the participant must be completely removed prior to returning the bicycle.

Security

Gator Gears bicycles will be registered with the University of Florida and City of Gainesville Police Departments. Bicycles must be locked at all times when left unattended or not in use, and participants acknowledge that they bear sole responsibility for ensuring that their bicycle is locked under these conditions. Bicycles left unlocked or inappropriately locked to trees, railings, etc. may be subject to removal by Transportation and Parking Services and suspension of the rental agreement without refund.

Prohibited Use

Gator Gears bicycles are not designed for use in mountain biking, trick riding, ramp jumping, riding on severe terrain or racing and may not be used for these purposes. Participants acknowledge that they understand and agree to these restrictions and will not use the bicycle in a prohibited manner.

Repair Policy

Bicycle repair services will be performed at no charge by Gator Gears’ trained mechanics, but participants will be responsible for the cost of replacement parts. Repairs will be performed by appointment only. To schedule a repair appointment, please visit www.bikes.ufl.edu/gator-gears/repairs/.

Please be aware that the submission of a repair request form DOES NOT schedule your repair appointment. A member of our repair staff will contact you by the next business day to confirm your details and schedule your appointment.

Gator Gears mechanics may only meet customers at on-campus locations to provide bike service. Our mechanics do not travel off campus for repair appointments.

Contact Us

Gator Gears is a joint program effort between the UF Office of Sustainability, UF Transportation and Parking Services and your Student Traffic Court. For additional information, please email us at info@bikes.ufl.edu.