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What is UMD’s Bike-to-Campus Program?

The University of Minnesota has partnered with a Twin Cities company called Dero to offer an automated bicycle commuting recognition system. This is an easy (and free for bike commuters!) way of verifying and logging bike trips to campus, and rewarding bicycle commuters with prizes and Wellness rewards.

How Does it Work?

A small tag is attached to your front wheel’s spokes. This tag is embedded with an RFID chip, similar to what runners attach to their shoelaces during running races.

how it works

When you ride past a ‘Zap Station,’ you will hear a beep, and get credit for your round-trip for the day (home to campus, and back home).

If you ride at least 8 times in a month, you are entered into a drawing to win prizes (including groceries or bike gear), and the top team each month wins $50 to Bulldog Pizza!

Where can I get Zapped?

Tags are ‘zapped’ at one of two strategically placed ZAP readers: The first is on University Drive, between the Darland Administration Building and the Lund Heating Plant. The second is on University Drive, near the Stadium Apartments:

How to Get Zapped

Simply ride normally past the Zap Station, on the same side of the street that has the solar panel and RFID reading antenna.zap zone

Ride past where the antenna is pointing. That is usually the “sweet spot,’ and is usually about 5′-15′ from the actual pole on the bike/hike trail. Do NOT bike directly under the pole or on the opposite side of the street where the antenna is pointing.

You will hear a “beep” if you have been read. Generally trip data will be uploaded to your personal calendar within 15 minutes.

You only need one ZAP per day to get your credit for that day. More than one ZAP per day will not add to your mileage or total trips.

What if I have more than one bike?

No problem, you can have several bikes associated with your account.  Contact or go to the Rental Center to have another tag installed.

How Do I Get Started?

Get your bike(s) tagged in one of three ways:

  1. Contact to have a tag attached to the front wheel of your bike OR visit the UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program Rental Center and a Rental Center employee will tag your bike.
  2. Come to JoyRide Duluth! On the first Friday of every month, Bike-to-Campus staff will be available to tag bikes.

Then just start riding! Roll past a ZAP reader and start getting counted!

Participants can win cool stuff each month, or be entered in the grand prize drawing for a new bike. Staff and faculty can also earn Wellness rewards to reduce health insurance premiums.


Form a Team! Teams can compete with other teams to see who is the most committed each month. Top team of the month wins $50 to Bulldog Pizza!

There are three categories of teams:

Small (2-4 riders)
Medium (5-9 riders)
Large (10+ riders)

You only compete against teams in the same category as your team.

Teams can consist of any combination of students, staff or faculty.

Contact to get started.

Cool Bike Stuff and Engaging Program

Every month the University will reward bike commuters.

– Students

Every month, UMD will have prize drawings for students who commute at least 8 times that month with cool stuff. Additionally, cyclists will be eligible for special prize drawing and other fun challenges.

– Faculty & Staff

Every month, UMD will have prize drawings for staff and faculty who commute at least 8 times that month with cool stuff. Additionally, cyclists will be eligible for special prize drawing and other fun challenges.

Additionally, when you bike to work 50 times from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, you will earn 75 wellness points. Bike to work 100 times during the same time period and earn 125 wellness points. You must have an RFID chip installed on your bike for your trip to count. Details.

Who We Are

UMD’s Bike-to-Campus Program is coordinated in partnership between the UMD Office of Sustainability, UMD’s Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, UMD Parking and the UMD Wellness Program.

The ZAP UMD Bike-to-Campus Program has a goal of increasing bike commuting between the campus and the community.

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