Beginning today, the UCLA Bike Library is open to students for fall 2011! Bikes are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis for only $45 per quarter. The cost includes a fully-equipped bike (including rear rack, lights and cup holder) along with a helmet and U-lock.

The Bike Library launched last October through a partnership between UCLA Transportation and UCLA Recreation with funding provided by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF). Given the success of the Bike Library last year, TGIF recently decided to provide more funding in order to purchase an additional 40 bikes, bringing the grand total of available rentals to 90.

UCLA is a fantastic campus for bicycling. There’s around 2,900 free spots to park your bike in racks and lockers, and students have access to shower facilities in multiple spots on campus just by showing your BruinCard. Biking is quick, efficient, environmentally friendly and (of course)–FUN!

The bikes have all quickly rented in the past, so make sure to head over to the Bike Shop on the first floor of the John Wooden Center soon if you want one!

UPDATE: As of 9/28/11, all the bikes in the library have been “checked out”! If you didn’t get your hands on one this time around, you can always be quick on your feet for next quarter.