Gompei's Gears Bike Share

Attention Users

Gompei's Gears bike share will be out of operation for the duration of C term due to weather hazards. We are making some exciting improvements to the software during this time and look forward to returning with two new bicycles in D term! 

Bike Rack Locations

Click here to find out where you can park your personal bicycle or rent your Gompei's Gears bicycle. And remember, EACH bike rack can hold up to 2 bicycles!

About Gompei's Gears

Gompei’s Gears is a free bike share program for the WPI community. Originally conceived as a student Interactive Qualifying Project (PDF, 3.35MB), this project has gone from theory to an impactful program on the WPI campus.

Gompei’s Gears gives students, faculty, and staff access to a bicycle from convenient locations on campus, a convenient, healthy and sustainable way to travel to or from the WPI campus. Registration is free can be completed quickly and checking out a bike can be done easily from any smart phone. Feel free to contact the Bike Share Team with any comments, questions or concerns!

WPI Bike Share Documentary

CYCLE SAFE: WEAR A HELMET

The most serious injury that you can suffer on a bicycle is one to the head. It's not expensive to invest in a bike helmet, and will definitely be worth your while! 

How Does It Work?

General Use Rules:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older to ride
  • Must be a WPI student, graduate student, faculty, or staff member who is registered for the program to ride
  • Do not share unlock code with unregistered users
  • Ride on pavement (safe for you and the bike)
  • We strongly recommend wearing a helmet

Registration:

Begin your registration here! Once you have filled in your credentials and read and accepted both the Liability Form and Terms and Conditions, the Bike Share administrator will accept your user request. From there you are free to enjoy Gompei’s Gears Bike Share!

Checking Out a Bike:

Once you are a registered user of Gompei’s Gears Bike Share, checking out a bike is as easy as four simple steps by logging onto the Bike Share website:

  • Choose the location and receive a code
  • Enter the code to receive the key
  • Unlock the bike
  • Check the bike and ride on!

Pre-Ride Check:

As part of using this program all members must check the condition of the bike that they wish to rent. Please follow this simple check list:

  1. Are the tires properly inflated?
  2. Are the tires free-spinning and undamaged?
  3. Do the brakes work?
  4. Is the seat at the right height?
  5. Is there any other damage?
  6. Is the U-lock in its holder?

If everything is in order, ride on! If anything is out of order, use the Bike Share app to report a problem, and check out a different bike.

Safe Cycling

WPI and the Gompei's Gears Bike Share team take bicycle safety very seriously, and require that our riders do so as well. Below is a short safety video, as well as a list of the most important rules of the road that all cyclists should be aware of. Please carefully review this information before participating in the bike share! Information is also available as part of our registration and liability process. The Bike Share Team thanks you for taking your safety seriously, and understanding the risks and rules associated with bicycling and participating in the Gompei's Gears program.

Check out our Gompei’s Gears intro video!

General Bike Safety

  • Wear a helmet!
  • Use hand signals when making turns
  • When riding on road, don’t ride within 3 feet of a parked car. One of the most common bike accidents is being hit by an opening door.
  • One person per bicycle
  • Don’t overload the basket
  • Be careful in rainy/icy/sandy conditions (no sharp turns)
  • Obey all rules of the road (a bike is a vehicle, all vehicle rules apply)
  • Always lock bike to bike rack or secure object (and make sure the bike cannot be lifted and removed!)
  • You may not ride “off-road”

Rules of the Road

A short summary of key rules of the road for cyclists and motorists is shown below. For an exhaustive list, see MassBike’s summary of bike laws here.

Bicyclist Rights

  • Can ride on any public road and on sidewalks outside business districts (unless specifically prohibited)
  • May pass cars on the right
  • Use either hand to signal stops and turns 

Bicyclist Responsibilities

  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Use hand signals to stop and turn
  • Give pedestrians right of way
  • Give pedestrians an audible signal when passing

Motorist Responsibilities

  • Must check for passing bicyclists when opening doors
  • Must stay a safe distance to the left of bicyclist when passing
  • If lane is too narrow, motorist must wait until safe to pass
  • Prohibited from making abrupt right turns at intersections after passing a cyclist 
  • Must yield to oncoming bicyclists when making left turns

Sponsors/Donate

Thank you to our sponsors for taking Gompei’s Gears from theory to impact! Initial sponsorship from SGA, GSG, and the Office of Sustainability have allowed us to make this program a reality. If you would like to join them in helping to support our program, consider donating to our crowdfunding campaign by clicking the button on the right. This campaign will help provide funds to maintain and improve Gompei's Gears in the years to come!

Gompei's Gears would not exist without the financial support from the following organizations:

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

GRADUATE STUDENT GOVERNMENT

WPI OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS

FAQs

Q: Isn’t WPI on a hill? Will this make bike travel harder?

A: It sure is! However, there are certain paths around the campus  that avoid steep hills. Intercampus travel (from Daniels Hall to the Library or from the Library to Gateway Park) will mostly avoid those hills.  Furthermore, the bikes in this program are made with internal gearing. What this means is that even at a stand still you can change gear and make travel easier. This is useful if you are stuck at the bottom of a hill and need to shift gear; you can do so without moving!  

Q: Worcester can get pretty extreme weather; how will inclement weather be handled?

A: In the event of a flash rain storm or other inclement weather we ask that users do not take a bike out. In the terms and conditions of this program it is stated: “2.10 RIDER must not use, ride and/or operate Bike in inclement or dangerous weather. RIDER agrees that he/she will not, under any circumstance, use, ride, and/or operate the Bike in inclement or dangerous weather, including but not limited to severe lightening storms, tornados, hurricanes, icy conditions, fog, and /or heavy rain, hail or snowfall.”

Q: What about the snow?

A: Because of the harsh winters that Worcester has seen we will be taking Gompei’s Gears off the roads at the first snowfall of winter. We will relaunch the program after spring break or when the roads are safe to ride on for the rider and bicycle.  

Q: Wouldn’t driving be faster between the main and lower campuses?

A: No. It turns out that for intercampus travel it is faster to ride a bike than to drive a car. Worcester roads are busy and parking is a pain. Not only is riding a bike faster but it is sustainable and healthy.  

Q: What happens if my bike breaks down while I’m riding?

A: We ask that before every ride you check the bicycle you intend to borrow. That said, things happen. If the bike breaks down mid-ride DO NOT attempt to repair the bike yourself. Visit the Bike Share website to report a problem, and walk the bike back to campus if you can. A Bike Share team member will respond to this report as quickly as possible.  

Q: Can I use a bike to ride down to Worcester/Union Station?

A: You sure can! These bikes can go anywhere that promotes safe travel (i.e. do NOT off-road or ride through potholes with these bikes). As long as you can safely lock these bikes at your destination, these bikes will take you wherever you need to go. Look for cool bike racks like this one at Union Station!

Q: Can I still use the bike share during breaks/over the summer?

A: Yes! The bike share will be in operation over summer and fall breaks. However, Gompei’s Gears will be closed after the first snowfall of the winter and will not reopen until the roads are deemed safe, so the program will likely be closed for winter break and will possibly be closed during spring break. 

Q: Can I return my bike at any station?

A: No. You must return your bike to the exact location and bike rack at which you signed the bike out.

Q: To where can I ride my bike?

A: You can ride your bike around the main campus, to the lower campus (Faraday Hall, Gateway Park), or into Worcester to Price Chopper, Union Station, restaurants, or jobs. Basically you can ride to any location at which you can safely lock your bike.

Q: I am riding from Faraday Hall to the main campus. Do I have to lock my bike at a bike share location?

A: No. While you have the bike signed out, you can park your bike at any bike rack! See the WPI bike rack maps for bike parking locations (note that there are bike racks outside almost every building!).

Join or Contact Our Team

In order to keep Gompei’s Gears turning, the WPI Green Team is taking care of bike maintenance and logistics. This means responding to distress signals received through the app and going on weekly bike checkups. If you have a passion for biking or want to take a walk with us to make sure this program rides on smoothly, contact the Bike Share Chair at greenteamexecs@wpi.edu. Have suggestions, comments, questions or concerns about the program? Contact the team at bikeshare@wpi.edu

Gompei’s Gears Bike Share Team                   

Kevin Ackerman (IQP Project and Bike Share Lead);                

Carlos Barcelos, Meghan Dawe, and Kyle Hanlon (Bike Share Project Co-Chairs);                        

Mary Prescott, Meghan Trahan, Nicole Luiz, and Ryan Cooney.​

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