The RecBikes program was developed collaboratively by Student Development, Campus Recreation, and the 2012 Cohort of River Stewards. The goal of the program is to encourage students to discover Dayton and its bikeways while exercising and enjoying time with friends.
The fleet consists of twenty, black Fuji Crosstown 3.0 commuter bikes and one red, Sun Biscayne tandem bike. Each bike check-out includes a helmet and optional u-lock, handle bar bag, and map. RecBikes are available for checkout by Campus Recreation members with a UDID at the RecPlex’s Equipment Issuance Desk.
Renting a RecBike
RecBikes can be checked out at the Campus Recreation Equipment Issuance Desk. RecBikes can be checked out starting at SUNRISE. All bikes and equipment MUST be returned by SUNSET on the SAME DAY. Any equipment not returned by sunset will result in the member being charged a late fee of $5.00. Before renting a bike, you will need to complete a waiver and watch a safety video at the Equipment Issuance Desk.
Do you have a family member or friend coming to campus? See Dayton together by bike!
Campus Recreation members may check out additional bikes for guest(s). The member is responsible for the bike and equipment used by guest(s). The additional rider(s) must complete all required paperwork and comply with all RecBike policies.
Why bike Dayton?
The city of Dayton was recently designated a Bicycle Friendly City by the American League of Bicyclist and is the central hub to one of the largest bicycling networks in the nation. Our region boasts over 330 miles of multi-use, beginner friendly, and easily accessible connected bikeways. An access point to the Great Miami Recreation trail is less than one mile from the UDCR RecPlex. Interested in learning more the City of Dayton’s bike plan? Check out the City of Dayton 2025 Bicycle Action Plan.
Experience the Miami Valley
Dayton has over 330 miles of connected bikeways, more than any other region in the country!
Biking is the most accessible way to explore our region.
Socialize while you exercise
Biking offers a relaxed atmosphere for both social interaction and exercise.
Run your errands
Need to pick up a prescription at Walgreens or art supplies at Walmart? Without a car on campus?
With new bike lanes in Dayton, traveling to local shops is simple and safe on bikes.
Bike to serve
Many fulfilling service opportunities exist within a ten minute bike ride from campus.
Bike parking is free and coordination is simple with a RecBike.
Many students have yet to discover the wealth of cultural opportunities downtown. By bike, you can travel to the Second Street Market, eat at local cafe, jump in the fountain at Riverscape, or check out the Dayton Art Institute.
Want to ride, but not sure where to go?
Here are a few of our staff’s favorite locations to travel to by bike:
- Dayton Art institute
- Yellow Springs
- Woodland Cemetery
- Sunwatch Indian Village
- Brown Street
- Downtown Dayton
- 2nd Street Market
- Oregon District
- Ghostlight Coffee
- Riverscape Metropark
- Eastwood Metropark
- Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark
- Carillon Historical Park
Looking for an active experience for your class? Or an innovative wellness or social program for your floor or club? Consider a group RecBike rental or cycle program. For more information, please contact Emily Wilk, Assistant Director for Outdoor Education and Camps via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 937.229.2732.Top
Resources in Dayton
Dayton is blessed with a wealth of organizations dedicated to promoting cycling in the Miami Valley region. For current bike maps and routes, guides to safely cycling in traffic, or local clinics offerings and bike shops, check out the following resources:Top