Bike Commuter Program

The Wellbeing Program and Parking and Transportation Services want to reward you for riding your bike. The program is open to anyone who rides a bike, both for commuters and leisure riders.

When you bike 50 times from September 1, 2017, to August 31, 2018, you can earn 100 wellbeing points. If you bike more than 100 times during the same time period, you can earn 150 wellbeing points. The way you get credit for your rides varies depending on your campus, so see below for details.

Twin Cities Campus

How your rides are counted depends on if you ride your own bike or a Nice Ride bike. To make sure you get credit for your rides, follow the steps below to set everything up.

Ride your own bike

  1. Take your bike to the U of M Bike Center located in the Oak Street ramp on the Twin Cities East Bank campus to have a free RFID tag installed on your bike.
  2. Register your tag with Dero ZAP.
  3. Ride past any of the RFID reader stations on campus to have your ride automatically counted. You only need to pass by the RFID reader once during your daily commute.

Ride a Nice Ride bike

  1. Sign up for a Nice Ride MN membership by clicking "Join Today" on their website. View these detailed instructions to sign up for a Nice Ride membership (pdf) depending on whether you're a new or returning member. Year-long memberships are only $30 for University employees covered by the UPlan. You can find the employee discount code on the front page of your RedBrick account or you can contact Employee Benefits at or call (612) 624-8647. 
  2. Register your Nice Ride membership with Dero ZAP.
  3. Check out a bike from any Nice Ride Station with your member key. Any ride over 10 minutes will count as your commute for the day. 

Duluth Campus

  1. Go to RSOP Rental Center in 154 SpHC to have a free RFID tag installed on your bicycle.
  2. Register your tag with Dero ZAP.
  3. Ride your bike past an RFID reader so your ride is counted. One reader is located on University Drive, at the edge of Lot B between the Heating Plant and the Darland Administration Building. The other reader is located on University Drive near the Stadium Apartments.

For more information, go to the UMD Bike Commuter Program page.

Morris Campus

  1. Contact Angie Berlinger at to arrange to have a free RFID tag installed on your bike. 
  2. Ride your bike past one of the two RFID readers on campus so your ride is counted. The readers are located on 2nd Street north of the Regional Fitness Center and on Avenida de César Chavez.

Greater Minnesota

You can participate in the Bike Commuter Program, however the method you will use to keep track of you rides depends on where you live. Email a Wellbeing Program representative at to discuss your options.