There are many sustainable transportation options available on MU's campus. From shared-car programs to health-conscious biking, there is an option suited for every taste and lifestyle.
Biking is a great option to get around Columbia, exercise, and can be more convenient than driving. However, there are many things to be aware of before you take your bike around town. Hopefully these resources will make your cycling experience simple and convenient.
Biking Around Campus
Biking on campus is a quick and easy form of transportation. Here are some points to make your experience as effortless as possible.
- Register your bike! Registering your bike with the MUPD is mandatory, and makes the chance of recovery after theft much higher. To register your bike: https://appsprod.missouri.edu/PropertyRegistration/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fpropertyregistration
- Park at one of the 5,000 bicycle spaces, not along handrails, fences, buildings, trees or light poles. Map of bike rack locations: http://sustainability.missouri.edu/pdfs/Bike_Map.pdf
- The Bike Resource Center, a program of the Environmental Leadership Office, provides free bike checkup and tune-ups. More information about the Bike Resource Center: https://environmentalleadership.missouri.edu/wp-content/uploads/Bike-Brochure-photo-1.pdf
- Mizzou Bike Share is another resource provided by the Environmental Leadership Office. Check out a bike at the MU Student Center and return when you are done. Here’s a link to more information: http://environmentalleadership.missouri.edu/mizzou-bike-share/
Biking Around Columbia
- There are many great bike trails in Columbia. Here’s a link to the trails that are color coded according to safety: https://environmentalleadership.missouri.edu/wp-content/uploads/ColumbiaBikeMap2014.pdf
- Here are some local bike shops around Columbia: https://environmentalleadership.missouri.edu/wp-content/uploads/local-shops.png
- Tiger Line, Mizzou's student shuttle service, runs seven days a week during the fall and winter semesters and is available to all Mizzou students. Paid by your student fees, it has no additional costs. For more information, please visit the Tigerline website
- COMO Connect, the city of Columbia’s public transit connection is an affordable option to get around Columbia and it’s environmentally friendly! For more information click here: https://www.comoconnect.org/
Other Sustainable Transportation Options
Did you know that a shared vehicle can remove 15 - 20 cars off the road? Car sharing offers an economical, convenient and environmentally friendly transportation alternative to owning a car. Two hybrid vehicles and two sedans are available and conveniently located at the MU Student Center and Memorial Student Union. Membership is $35 annually and reservations can be made online. Hourly weekday rates for sedans are $8 per hour and hybrids start at $9 per hour. Customers who are 18 -20 years of age are eligible to use this service but must have their own insurance. Go to the Union’s website for more information and to sign up to become a member. (This program is sponsored by the Missouri Student Unions, MSA/GPC, MU Sustainability Office and MU Parking & Transportation)
The University of Missouri has a zip car option as well! Zip Cars can be paid for by the hour or day and includes gas and insurance. For more information visit the zip car website. Follow this link: http://www.zipcar.com/universities/university-of-missouri