Bike Valet offered for 2017 Husker football season

Jazz in June festivalgoers use the Bike Valet during the summer.
Jazz in June festivalgoers use the Bike Valet during the summer.

BikeUNL, in cooperation with Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventures, will offer a free bike valet service for home Husker football games. Home football game attendees who bike to campus can keep their bikes safe and secure at the Bike Valet, located inside Cook Pavilion, just one block from Memorial Stadium. Bikes are kept inside, avoiding rain, sun and theft. Freewill donations will be accepted with proceeds used to improve cycling on campus.

Game Day Bike Valet will open two hours prior to kick-off and end one hour after the final whistle. The service will not be offered for the Nov. 24 game against Iowa.

Home Football Games
• September 2 vs. Arkansas State @ 7 p.m. (Bike Valet Opens: 5 p.m.)
• September 16 vs. Northern Illinois @ 11 a.m. (Bike Valet Opens: 9 a.m.)
* September 23 vs. Rutgers @ TBA (Bike Valet Opens: TBA - 2 hours before kickoff)
• October 7 vs. Wisconsin @ TBA (Bike Valet Opens: TBA - 2 hours before kickoff)
• October 14 vs. Ohio State @ TBA (Bike Valet Opens: TBA - 2 hours before kickoff)
• November 4 vs. Northwestern @ TBA (Bike Valet Opens: TBA - 2 hours before kickoff)

All bikes are supervised by BikeUNL staff for the entirety of the game. Bike Valet patrons can bring their bikes to the east side of Cook Pavilion located near 14th and W streets. Patrons will provide their contact information upon check-in. Following the game, this information will be used to verify the owner during pick-up. Failure to collect a bike by one hour after the final whistle will result in a $35 handling and storage fee due to limited storage space. Patrons who do not collect their bikes by this time will need to claim their bikes during regular UNL Outdoor Adventures Center business hours.

Game Day Bike Valet’s goal is to help alleviate heavy game-day traffic while providing a safe, secure and convenient location for bicyclists to store their bikes. For their safety, Bike Valet patrons are encouraged to use bike routes that avoid heavy traffic. These routes can be found on the Bike Valet website, Bikes will be stored inside Cook Pavilion and secured inside a snow-fenced area during the game. No person other than BikeUNL staff will be allowed inside this area.

The Bike Valet was first offered in Fall 2013 for home Husker football games and later expanded to include Jazz in June and other events. Since the inception of the service, more than 1,200 people have used the service and more than $1,500 has been raised in donations to improve cycling on campus. Organizers plan to continue the service for future football seasons and other community events.

UNL was awarded the Silver Bicycle Friendly University designation in 2013 by the League of American Bicyclists. The Bike Valet service is part of the University’s ongoing efforts to welcome and encourage bicycle commuters and cycling enthusiasts. Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Adventures program has played a large role in organizing the Bike Valet and other cycling-related initiatives within the community. For more information on Game Day Bike Valet, visit or call UNL Outdoor Adventures at Campus Recreation at 402.472.4777.

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