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

Anyone may use Tar Heel Bikes for one 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 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?

  • Reserve: After registering for an account, find and reserve a bike using the mobile app, on the SoBi website, or on the bicycle itself.
  • 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.” Only one bike may be reserved and/or checked out at one time. Ride time is cumulative: for example, if you ride for 15 minutes and lock to a hub, then you still have 45 minutes left for the day!
  • 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: