ChampRides - Champlain College's Free Bikeshare

Champlain College has 10 bicycles available for any student or employee to use for FREE, for up to four hours at a time.

Participants must complete the online waiver below prior to attempting to use the bikeshare program for the first time (one time only). You will need to be logged into your account to complete the waiver.

Six bikes are available to be checked out at The Hub Desk on the ground floor of the IDX Student Life Center, next to the Fitness Center. Four bikes are available for use at Lakeside (parked in the stair tower on the south side of the building). The bikes are a mixture of mountain bikes, cruiser bikes and city bikes in a variety of sizes to fit most. See images and table below for specifics.

The Waiver...

The Fine Print:

  1. Bikes can be checked out for a maximum of four hours at any time (or by the closing time of the checkout desk, if earlier). Academic Year Hub Desk Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 12:00 am,  Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00am.  The Lakeside bikes can be used any time.
  2. Each bike comes with a key, lock and helmet. Participants are responsible for all three pieces of equipment and are expected to return them all at the end of your time with the bike. Please lock the helmet to the bike before returning the key.
  3. Return the bike to the same location as picked up from at least 15 minutes before the time is up.
  4. Participants agree to not operate bikes while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  5. Bikeshare staff may decline to check out a bike if, in their sole discretion, the participant would not be able to operate the bike in a safe manner or in the event of hazardous conditions.
  6. Please email to report any repairs needed ASAP so that the next user doesn't have a possible safety issue
  7. Helmet Use—participants must wear a helmet when operating a ChampRides bike per Champlain College's Liability Insurance. If participants do not wear their helmet and/or are injured in any way, Champlain will not be held responsible per the liability waiver. Participants can bring their own helmet if concerned about sharing. Multi-sport helmets are available for purchase for $20 from The Hub desk.
  8. Participants will be held responsible for any lost or stolen equipment as well as any major damage. The full price of replacing or fixing said equipment will be paid by the participant as per the equipment replacement and repair waiver.
    1. Minor Damages: flat tires, brake adjustments, normal wear and tear (covered by program)
    2. Major Damages: (including but not limited to) wheel misalignment, broken bike frame, broken components (covered by participant)

Meet The Bikes...

Poster of Lakeside Bikes

Bike Number Name Brand, Model, Style, Number of gears, Color
Size Location
1 Dunham Sun, Kruizer, Cruiser, Single Speed, Black Medium Lakeside
2 Bigelow Sun, Cruz, Cruiser, Three Speed, Blue Small/Medium Lakeside
3 Grace Sun, Kruizer, Cruiser, Single Speed, Green Small Lakeside
4 Alfred Sun, Cruz, Cruiser, Seven Speed, Black Medium Lakeside
5 Nellie Kona, Firemountain, Mountain Bike, 21 Speed, Red Small IDX Student Life Center
6 George the First Specialized, Hardrock, Mountain Bike, 21 Speed, Blue Medium IDX Student Life Center
7 Pacer Priority, Classic, City, Three Speed, Black Medium/Large IDX Student Life Center
8 Sewell Specialized, Hardrock, Mountain Bike, 21 Speed, Black Small IDX Student Life Center
9 Joe Winter Specialized, Hardrock, Mountain Bike, 21 Speed, Silver Medium IDX Student Life Center
11 Dewey Gary Fisher, Genesis 2.0, Mountain Bike, 24 Speed, Blue Large IDX Student Life Center

All bikes names relate to someone from Champlain's past. Think you can guess who? We worked with Champlain College Archives to come up with fun names of persons who have influenced Champlain's history, but haven't had a building or landmark specifically recognize them. Read on...

  1. Dunham - Brothers John and Austin Dunham built twin houses, now Hill and Lyman Halls, side by side  in 1884. That year, The Burlington Free Press gushed that the two new dwellings were "the handsomest private residences in the city." The Dunham brothers made their money as lumber dealers at a time when lumber was big business in Burlington.

  2. Bigelow - Sisters Susan and Elizabeth Bigelow built Cushing Hall in 1872 and lived there with their brother George until 1885. They were members of a prominent abolitionist family in Burlington. After fighting for the Union during the Civil War, George was a newspaper editor, Burlington postmaster, and state legislator.

  3. Grace - Grace Anna Goodhue was born on January 3, 1879, in Burlington. Grace met (soon to be) President Calvin Coolidge and on October 4, 1905, Goodhue and Coolidge married in a simple ceremony at her parents' house in Burlington, now our Coolidge Hall on Maple St.

  4. Alfred - Alfred B. Fisher (1831-1911) is one of Burlington's most prominent architects. He designed seven of Champlain's historic residence halls: Aiken, Bankus, Hill, Jensen, Lyman, North, and Pearl. He built Pearl Hall for himself and his wife Ursula in 1884. Fisher was known for his use of the Queen Anne style characterized by gables, turrets, asymmetrical facades, wraparound porches, and patterned shingling.

  5. Nellie - Nellie Flynn (1861-1922), a past resident of Roger H. Perry Hall, was a botanist who studied Vermont native plants and assembled over 27,000 plant specimens. Her specimens and manuscripts are now at the University of Vermont's Pringle Herbarium:

  6. George the First - George Thompson was the founder and first president of Champlain College, then known as the Burlington Collegiate Institute and Commercial College. From 1878 to 1884, he was also the College's principal business instructor. He also taught bookkeeping and penmanship in city schools.

  7. Pacer - Attorney Robert Roberts, twice mayor of Burlington and a state legislator, lived in what is now Bader Hall from 1890 to 1940. Legend has it that he wore an oval path in the floorboards of the front porch pacing back and forth while smoking cigars and pondering his legal cases.

  8. Sewall - Sewall Crocker (1881-1913), a bicycle racer who served as the mechanic and co-driver on the first cross-country automobile trip with South Willard Street resident Horatio Nelson Jackson. In the summer of 1903, Jackson, Jackson's bulldog Bud, and Crocker traveled from San Francisco to New York in nine weeks in a Winton touring car, which they named Vermont.

  9. Joe Winter - Joseph Winterbotham, the third owner of what is now Skiff Hall, was a prominent art collector who retired to Burlington. His collection included works by Surat, Van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne, Modigliani, Miro, and many more, and he used The Gallery to display Chinese paintings and porcelains. Items from Winterbotham's collection are now in UVM's Fleming Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

  10. Officer Dewey - John Dewey, was born October 20, 1859, in Burlington, Vermont, living on South Willard St. He went to UVM at the age of 15 and graduated 4 years later, second in his class. He taught at universities from 1884 to 1930. An academic philosopher and proponent of educational reform, in 1894 Dewey started an experimental elementary school. In 1919 he cofounded The New School for Social Research. Dewey published over 1,000 pieces of writings during his lifetime. He died June 1, 1952, in New York, New York.