To sign up for Gompei's Gears, you must be a WPI student, graduate student, faculty, or staff member, at least 18 years old, and register with an @wpi.edu email address in the Movatic app. Please follow these instructions to join the Gompei's Gears program. The name of the bike share in Movatic is "Gompeis 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.
Registered users may rent a bike for up to 8 hours at a time using the Movatic app.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments or concerns about the program.
Bike Rack Locations
Gompei's Gears bikes can be rented from the Quad, Salisbury, Faraday, and Gateway (out of order). Please return the bike to the station you rented it from when you finish the rental - the number on the bike should match the number on the key box.
General Use Rules:
- User must be 18 years of age or older to ride
- User must be a WPI student, graduate student, faculty, or staff member who is registered for the program
- Bikes may be checked out for up to 8 hours at a time
- Do not share your unlock code with anyone
Download the Movatic app and follow these instructions! Once you have filled in your credentials (please register with an @wpi.edu email address) 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 into Movatic on your phone:
- Choose the location and bike and receive a code
- Enter the code to receive the key
- Unlock the bike
- Complete pre-ride check and ride on!
(For complete instructions on checking out and returning bikes on Movatic, click here.)
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:
- Are the tires properly inflated?
- Are the tires free-spinning and undamaged?
- Do the brakes work?
- Is the seat at the right height? (See the FAQs below for help adjusting your seat.)
- Is there any other damage?
- Did you place 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.
Returning a Bike:
Bikes must be returned within a maximum of 8 hours. Once you have finished using the bike, return it to the original location where you signed it out. Make sure to secure the bike to the rack with the U-lock, replace the key, and end the rental in the Movatic app. Enjoy the rest of your day!
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.
General Bike Safety
- Ride on pavement (safe for you and the bike). You may not ride “off-road.”
- We strongly recommend wearing a helmet.
- Obey all rules of the road (a bike is a vehicle, all vehicle rules apply).
- 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.
- Ride one person per bicycle.
- Don’t overload the basket.
- Be careful in rainy/icy/sandy conditions (no sharp turns).
- Always lock bike to bike rack or secure object (and make sure the bike cannot be lifted and removed!).
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.
- May ride on any public road and on sidewalks outside business districts (unless specifically prohibited)
- May pass cars on the right
- May use either hand to signal stops and turns
- Must obey all traffic laws
- Must use hand signals to stop and turn, if safe to do so
- Must give pedestrians right of way
- Must give pedestrians an audible signal when passing
- 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
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.
Gompei's Gears would not exist without the financial support from the following organizations:
GRADUATE STUDENT GOVERNMENT
WPI OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS
Q: How long can I check out a bike for?
A: Any available bike may be checked out for up to 8 hours. Please note that 2 subsequent rental periods of the same bike separated by less than 10 minutes are considered a single rental period; the purpose of this subsequent rental policy is to ensure that other users have a chance to check out the bike so that all users can benefit from the program.
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: 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: 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 lightning 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: How do I adjust my seat to the proper height?
A: An easy way to find the right height for you is to sit on your seat (you may need to lean against a railing), put your right heel on the pedal, and cycle the pedal backwards down to the 6 o'clock position. At that position, your leg should be straight. Adjust the seat height up or down accordingly. Of course, if you start riding and find that this height is too low or too high, you should always adjust the height to the best level for your comfort, ease, and safety while riding.
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: 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: 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: 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!).
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: 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.
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 email@example.com. Have suggestions, comments, questions or concerns about the program? Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.