This fall semester, the Office of International Student and
Scholar Services in UT's Center for International Studies
and Programs is piloting a new bicycle loan program called
"The Office of International Student and Scholar Services
recognizes the needs of its international students, who are
here for a limited period time, to have basic
transportation," said Peter Thomas, director of the office.
"Transportation is a real concern, and we hope the bicycle
loan program will give the students more mobility and a
sense of freedom to buy groceries, run errands, go to
restaurants, and travel around town."
The UT Police Department has kicked off the loan program by
donating six bicycles that were left unclaimed at the end
of the last academic year.
The need for bicycles may be greater, so the Office of
International Student and Scholar Services is looking for
donations of used bikes in good working condition.
Interested donors should contact Thomas at 419.530.4229 or
International students will be able to register for the
bicycle loan program by completing a registration form an
leaving a $25 deposit. The deposit will be fully refunded
upon the return of the bike. Students also must have a
bicycle helmet and lock to participate in the loan program.
"We are interested in promoting bicycle safety,
particularly for international students who are not
accustomed to bicycling in the United States," Thomas
added. "With this in mind, we will require international
students who would like to participate in the bicycle loan
program to take a bike safety course."
International students will be able to register for a
Rocket ReCycle bike loan by stopping in the Office of
International Student and Scholar Services, located in
Snyder Memorial Building Room 1020. Bikes will be loaned on
a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be
responsible for bike upkeep and maintenance.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services
provides assistance and services to international students
and scholars at the University, helping them transition to
life at UT and in the United States. The office serves as a
resource regarding orientation, visa requirements,
on-campus and off-campus housing, banking, and health
The Center for International Studies and Programs supports
internationalization efforts at the University by creating
links among students, faculty and staff, visiting scholars,
and the community that foster cross-cultural understanding
and appreciation. The center encourages global citizenship
through innovative educational, cultural and service
learning programming, and through student and scholar