Center for International Studies and Programs

Rocket ReCycle - bicycle loan program

Rocket ReCycle

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) located in UT’s Center for International Studies and Programs has a bicycle loan program called Rocket ReCycle.  The results have been overwhelming and the program is a huge success.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services recognized the needs of international students who are here for a limited period and developed this program to help students with basic transportation. The bicycle loan program gives international students reliable transportation to class, more mobility and a sense of freedom to buy groceries, run errands, go to restaurants, and travel around town.

logosBikes will be loaned on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

For Fall of 2014,  the program has been expanded with 30 additional bikes for both American and International Students 15 for international students and 15 for domestic students, all without cars in an effort to reduce car congestion, parking issues and gas emissions on campus.  This expansion of the bike loan program is sponsored by SEED, TOLEDO BIKES and Rocket ReCycle.


How to register for a bicycle:

International students can register for Rocket ReCycle by stopping in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services,Snyder Memorial room 1000. 

Deposit: $50, by cash, credit card or Rocket Card. 

Length of biker loan: Each participant will receive a bike to use for the entire school year.

To register for a bike click here

Students will be responsible for bike upkeep and maintenance.

The deposit will be fully refunded upon the return of the bike.SEED logo

For more information, contact George Bradford

Bike Safety Videos:

Students must also view two bicycle safety videos in the office and purchase a good bicycle lock to participate in the loan program.

Bike Safety for Adults

Drivers Education Video

Additional safety videos:  The online Smart Cycling program is designed to develop your knowledge of bicycling safety by using lessons, interactive components and videos. Here you will learn about the different types of bikes and bicycling gear. You will learn techniques for improving your ride, your rights as a bicyclist and how to ride safely on the road. 

How to donate a bicycle to Rocket ReCycle:

The UT police department kicked off the loan program by donating bicycles that were left unclaimed at the end of the academic year in 2012. The need for bicycles continues to increase, so OISSS is looking for donations to the program of used bicycles in good working condition.

Interested donors please contact Peter Thomas at 419.530.4229 or

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Thanks to Toledo Bikes for assisting with repairs and bike maintenance.




Rocket ReCycle FAQ:

Why should I be a part of Rocket ReCycle?

All students who do not need a car on campus should be a part of the Rocket ReCycle Program! The program is a great benefit for students; you get a bike for the entire school year for transportation, reduced car congestion and parking issues, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions produced by UT, and you help raise bike awareness and ridership on campus. You are making the community a better place, and a cleaner place, by participating in the program.

Where do I sign up?

Apply for the program online:  and you will be contacted if you are selected for a bicycle!

Who do I pay my deposit to?

Take your deposit to George Bradford Snyder Memorial Room 1000

Where do I physically get the bikes from?

Get the bikes from Peter Thomas, office 1535 in the Student Union

How do I swap bikes if I am unhappy with the one that I have?

See Peter Thomas, office 1535 in the Student Union and he will work something out with you. This is only allowed once per semester.

What if my bike gets lost or stolen?

File a police report with UTPD immediately.

Do I get a helmet and lock?

You will be given a lock so that the bike will be secured, but you will be expected to provide your own helmet.

Can I take my bike off campus?

Of course! Just be sure to securely lock it up wherever you go.

Where can I park my bike on campus?

There are numerous bike racks all over campus for you to lock your bike, as well as a few fenced bike corrals for added security. Please do not lock your bikes to the light poles.

How do I gain access to the bike corrals?

Take your Rocket Card to room 1550 in the Student Union to gain access to swipe your Rocket Card

Where can I get my bike repaired?

There are various shops near campus, but we recommend Toledo Bikes! for the best value repairs, or Wersell’s Bike Shop if you are looking for a repair nearer to campus.

What is “Toledo Bikes!”?

Toledo Bikes! is a bike shop near downtown Toledo. If you are on a budget, they will either tune-up your bike to customize your riding experience (for an affordable flat-rate), or you can volunteer at their shop to earn spare parts and repairs if you do not have the money to pay. They are located on 12th Street just off of Monroe St. For more information, their website is: To get there, a student can take the TARTA bus system and load your bike on the mounting bracket on the bus. You can find the TARTA bus schedules here:

Last Updated: 6/26/15