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Spin bikeshare at UC San Diego

UC San Diego Bikeshare Program

UC San Diego is excited to launch a new, campus bikeshare program with Spin, one of North America’s leading stationless bikeshare companies. The preview begins Dec. 8, 2017 with 50 orange Spin bikes in key campus locations. An additional 250 bicycles will be available on campus during the pilot as of the mid-January kick-off event.

During the pilot, we will track bike use to determine high-demand and preferred parking areas to identify which campus areas may benefit most from this service. Campus demand and use patterns will determine fleet and program area expansion opportunities.

Service Area

Bikes are meant for use on campus by students, faculty and staff. If you take a bike off campus, you should return it to campus in a timely manner the same day.

Spin retrieves all locked bicycles that are riden off campus. Spin can pick up or remove any bicycle(s) from campus and/or other San Diego locations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Shawn Strande on Spin

“I take the 150 express bus to campus and get off at Eucalyptus Grove Lane. I've been trying the Spin bikesharing service and, so far, I really like it. Now, instead of walking, I grab a Spin bike (when there’s one nearby), and zip across campus in about 5 minutes. It has reduced my commute by about 10 minutes each way. Shaving 20 minutes off a daily commute is fairly significant for me.”

Shawn Strande with a Spin mike


You must create a Spin account using your email address to receive these discounts.

  • New User Promotion: Spin will provide five free rides to all new registered campus users (must be claimed within the first seven days).
  • UC San Diego users will receive these discount rates:
    • $0.50 per ride under 30 minutes; $1 per each additional 30 minutes
    • $14 per month for unlimited rides under 30 minutes
    • $29 per quarter for unlimited rides under 30 minutes
    • $49 per year for unlimited rides under 30 minutes

How to Use Spin Bikeshare

App Store

Google Play

  1. Download the Spin app.
  2. Create an account using your email address.
  3. Unlock the GPS-equipped bike by scanning a QR code with the Spin app.
  4. Park the self-locking Spin bike safely next to a campus bike rack, ensuring that it does not block pedestrian or vehicle access. Specially designated campus bike zones will be created as demand patterns are identified.

Spin will make their services available to non-smartphone users; details will be announced by January kick-off event.

Spin app hasn't ended a trip?

See what to do if the timer continues after you ended your trip.

Bike Helmets

We strongly encourage all riders to wear a helmet to help reduce the risk of severe head injury if an accident occurs. You ride at your own risk.

You are responsible for providing your own helmet, however, Commute Solutions has a limited number of helmets available for riders to borrow. Commute Solutions also has coupons for $20 off a helmet at Campus Bike & Skate for UC San Diego affiliates with current campus photo ID, while supplies last. Riders under 18 years old must wear bicycle helmets in accordance with state law.

Spin Contact Instructions

In all communication, please include the bike's 7-digit license plate number and type of bike issue or why it needs to be relocated.

  • Email: (fastest response)
  • Phone: 1-888-262-5189 to leave a message for our support team
  • URL:
  • App item: Chat with our help center through the app by clicking the profile tab > help button > "Contact Spin" button which opens chat dialogue with our support team.


Transportation Services wants to hear about your Spin bikeshare experience. If you have comments or suggestions for improving campus bikesharing, contact .