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Bike sharing is a convenient and cost effective way to get around while certified personnel keep the bicycle maintained. 100 Tar Heel Bikes are located at bike share hubs throughout campus.

Anyone may use Tar Heel Bikes for 1 hour with the Daily Plan, without needing to pay for a yearly membership.  UNC students and employees of the University or Hospitals may use their unc.edu email address to sign up for the Lifestyle Plan to ride 2 hours.  See additional benefits of the Lifestyle Plan below.

How does it work?

  • Register: Download the Social Bicycles App and register for Tar Heel Bikes.
  • Release: Registered users get a personal 6-digit account number and a 4-digit PIN code to enter on the bicycle keypad. Use the App to reserve a bike up to 10 minutes before the start time. Users can also see bike availability at any of the station locations.
  • Ride: Users may ride directly from one station on campus to another OR make a stop between stations by putting the bicycle on “hold.”
  • Return: Simply lock the bike to a rack at a station and “end the ride.” See stats like duration and distance!
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Tar Heel Bikes Fees

Membership Plan Membership Fee Ride Time Hold Time Overage
Daily Plan $0 After account signup 1 Hour per day free 30 Minutes hold time $6/Hour overage fee
Lifestyle Plan $30/Year for UNC & Hospital affiliates 2 Hours per day included with membership 60 Minutes hold time $4/Hour overage fee

For questions or help with Tar Heel Bikes, visit the Tar Heel Bikes website or email: tarheelbikes@thegotchagroup.com.