Bicycle rent and repair
Getting around can be a particular challenge for Ghent University's many students and employees. Out of respect for the environment UGent promotes sustainable mobility. One way of contributing to a cleaner and greener Ghent, is using a bicycle as your main mode of transportation.
StudentENmobiliteit gives UGent students the opportunity to rent a bike for a few months or even during one year at giveaway prices.
Staff members can even rent or buy an easily foldable bike.
(Faculty) Departments can offer their staff a UGent company bike for work-related trips. These bikes have to be applied for in writing via the Mobility Unit (e-mail) of Ghent University.
Most UGent campusses offer their students and staff bike stands or even (secured) sheds. These sheds are often accessible via a special key.
UGent personnel and students can make use of several bike repair shops. All shops are open to Ghent students; UGent staff can go the repair shop Blandijnberg.
You can tinker away at your bike using the repair shop's tools and/or buy new parts at a very reasonable price. There's always someone at hand to help and advise you.
- Bicycle Repair Shop Blandijnberg (Sint-Hubertusstraat 2) - Open: every weekday from 8h00-10h30 and 12h00-14h00; Friday 8h00-11h00
Due to circumstances closed from 9 January until 15 April 2012.
- Bicycle Repair Shop Kattenberg (Kattenberg 2) - Open: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 8h30-11h45 & 13h-15h45; Tuesdays 10h-11h45 & 13h-16h45.
- Bicycle Repair Shop Rabot (Bargiekaai) - Open: Mondays and Wednesdays 12h00-17h00
- Bicycle Repair Shop Station (Roosakkerstraat - Underground car park ‘Practicum’-building P) - Open: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12h00-17h00
NEW!! Mobile bike repair service for staff
All staff members who use a bike (their own, rented or company bike) for their daily commute to work can count on the service of a mobile bike repair service when their precious mode of transport breaks down.
Report your breakdown online.
- If you contact them before 9 am, the repair will happen before 4 pm
- Repairs happen at your place of work
- If the repair is not immediate, a replacement bike is offered
- The service is free, except for spare parts
It is advisable to arrange an extra third party liability insurance if you often bike around Ghent. Visit the insurance website.
- Always secure your bike (even if you leave it for just a second).
- Secure your bike to a pole, fence, bike stand etc. (never to a traffic sign).
- Use a sturdy lock.
- Make sure that removing your bike takes some time (e.g. use two locks).
- Leave your bike at a safe and visible place (preferably a bike shed or stand). Avoid dark or abandoned places.
Another way to prevent bike theft is registering your bike. This means a number is engraved into the frame of your bike. Registering is free at the bike repository (Kattenberg 2):
- every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 1 pm to 4 pm
- every Tuesday: 1 pm to 6 pm
In the unlucky event your bike does get stolen, always file a report at the local police station. Also, take a look at the bike repository: all lost and found bikes are stored there. Bring a copy of the police report.
Ghent presents itself as a bike-friendly city, offering a multitude of (secured) bike sheds and/or stands, numerous bike rent companies and a special bike registration.
Look for a second-hand bike:
- at the special second-hand bike market: two Saturdays per year (Gent Zuid - Woodrow Wilson Square)
- second-hand shops ('kringloopwinkel')
Get some air at the free Ghent bicycle pumps:
- Library (Gent Zuid)
- Max Mobiel (Voskenslaan - behind Station St Pieters)
- Belfry (Emile Braun Square)