Bike Share 101: Sign-up, Holds And Locking

This semester, Share-A-Bull Bikes merged with Coast Bike Share, the team behind the largest smart bike share operator in North America, servicing cities such as Vancouver, Beverly Hills, Atlanta, and now USF Tampa!

If you haven’t used bike share before, you might have questions.

How do I sign up?

Sign up for a bike share account via the Share-A-Bull Bikes website. Simply enter your information when prompted, select the best plan for you – Monthly Student or Annual Student – and within a couple of minutes you’ll have your six-digit account number and four-digit pin.

Then what?

You can look at the system map on the Share-A-Bull Bikes website, which will show you where your nearest bikes are located. When you get to the bike, press the green button on the built-in screen at the back, enter your account number, four-digit pin, and you’re good to go. Slide the lock out, place it in the built-in lock holder, and get your pedal on.

Do I have to use all of my 60 minutes of ride time at once?

Nope. Bike to get coffee in the morning for 10 minutes, ride to afternoon classes, and cycle to meet friends for dinner in the evening. Your hourly or daily ride time is yours to use however and whenever you’d like, and the clock stops ticking every time you lock a bike up.

What happens if I want to make a stop before continuing my ride?

If you need to run into the Marshall Center on a quick errand, but you want your bike to be waiting for you outside, you can use the HOLD feature.

Lock your bike to any bike rack near your stop and press HOLD on the keypad. It will be unavailable to other users for the duration.

Where do I lock the bike?

Return your bike to any bike rack on campus for free – you’ll see where these are located on the system map, or you can download the Social Bicycles app if you’re on the go. If your bike isn’t locked to a rack, there will be a small”out of hub” service fee ($3).

If there isn’t a station as close as you’d like, lock the bike to any bike rack. We’ll come and collect it for a small out-of-hub service fee ($3).

I can’t lock my bike up correctly. Help!

Our bike locks don’t have codes, or fiddly components, and are very easy to use. Remove the u-lock from its holster, and insert through the rack, into the holes on the side of the bike. If the bike is sitting correctly the lock won’t catch on the spokes, and it’ll be smooth sailing.