Bike share at UW

The University of Washington has partnered with Lime to provide rentable dockless bikes for use on campus. Lime currently offers both regular cruisers and electric-assist bicycles for rent. Bikes are also available throughout Seattle. Students who sign up with their @uw.edu e-mail address receive 50% off all rides.

How it works

Lime Bike

  1. Download the Lime app on your Apple or Android device.
  2. Locate a bike available for rent using the app, or find one parked around campus.
  3. Scan the QR code on the back of the bike in the app to unlock.
  4. Ride away!
  5. Once your ride is done, park your bike at a bike rack on campus. Push closed the lock on the back wheel to end your ride.

Regulations & Best Practices

  • Wear a helmet. It’s the law in King County. If you need help obtaining a helmet, check out ASUW bike shop for some affordable options, or contact Transportation Services.
  • Park at a bike rack. Although bike share bikes can be parked in the right of way (the area between the sidewalk and the curb) in other parts of Seattle, bikes must be parked at a bike rack on campus. Make sure bikes are not blocking any sidewalk, doorway, ramp, or any place where it could block pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
  • Obey all traffic laws and campus policies. Always yield to pedestrians, and practice safe riding techniques when cruising around campus. Check out our general bicycle safety tips and rules here.
  • Do a safety check before you ride. Make sure the wheels aren’t flat and the brakes are in working order (give them a squeeze) before unlocking the bike. Report any damage directly to Lime in the app.

Reporting Improperly Parked Bikes

If a bike is parked in a place where it shouldn’t be, there are a few options for reporting it:

  • Contact Lime directly by reporting the bike as mis-parked in the app.
  • Contact Transportation Services by emailing bshare@uw.edu. Make sure to include the location of the bike(s) as well as a photo.