Kent State University partners with SPIN to provide shared eBikes and eScooters that are available on campus and within the City of Kent for use by students, faculty, staff, and the community. Approximately 100 eBikes and 100 eScooters are available.  Riding an eBike or an eScooter is a fast, easy way to get from class to class, run errands, and even a short commute. They are a great option for students, employees, and visitors to Kent State University.

How to Use SPIN

  1. Download the SPIN app in the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Create an account using your email address.
  3. Unlock the GPS-equipped eBike or eScooter by scanning the QR code with the SPIN app and start riding. See the Safety Tips below.
  4. Turn on Bluetooth if you're having trouble unlocking the bike or eScooter.
  5. Park the self-locking Spin bike or eScooter safely in a designated SPIN GeoZone, ensuring that it does not block pedestrian or vehicle access. 

GeoZones

SPIN shared eScooters and eBikes must park within one of the designated SPIN GeoZones to end any ride. When riders end a trip, they must park in the GeoZone that appears on the app or SPIN may issue fines for non-compliance. If a ride ends outside of a GeoZone, SPIN will email the user with a warning. If non-compliance continues to be a problem, SPIN may issue a fine. SPIN will relocate bikes and eScooters throughout the day and ensure that they are parked in GeoZones. SPIN can be contacted to pick up or remove any eBikes(s) or eScooter(s) from campus and/or other Kent locations. See the Contact Spin link below.

  • Slow Ride and No Ride zones in designated congested areas
  • Devices deactivated during curfew hours (12 a.m. - 5 a.m.)
  • Devices deactivated during inclement weather, holidays and other special dates to be announced.

Please refer to the map for more information.  The map is subject to change.  The map in the app is the most up-to-date.

GeoZone Map

Pricing

$10 Free Credit - new riders only!  Use code KENTSTATE.  Valid until Mar. 21, 2022

  • Pay As You Go: $1 unlocks + $0.29 per minute
  • 1-Hour Pass: $4.99 for 1-hour of unlimited riding with no additional fees (i.e. no unlock fees).
  • 24-Hour Pass: $8.99 for 24 hours of unlimited riding with no additional fees (i.e. no unlock fees).
  • Monthly Pass: $6.99 per month ($0 unlocks + $0.29 per minute)

Average Ride Times for Popular Rides

Trip
Time
Student Recreation & Wellness Center to Risman
4 minutes
Student Recreation & Wellness Center to Downtown
15 minutes
Risman to Art buildings
3 minutes
Risman to Downtown
9 minutes
Downtown to Dunbar hall, Prentice Hall
6 minutes
Downtown to Centennial Courts
6 minutes
Centennial to Rec Center
7 minutes
Downtown to Tri Towers
9 minutes
Tri Towers to Ice Arena
3 minutes
Stopher Hall to Prentice Hall
3 minutes
Stopher Hall to 345 Flats
6 minutes
Stopher Hall to Rec Center
7 minutes
Campus Point Apartment to Student Recreation & Wellness Center
10 minutes

Rules and Safety Tips

All eBike and eScooter users need to follow the rules of the road. Kent State University supports alternative mobility options to best serve the needs of our campus community. The safety of our campus community remains a top priority, and we encourage everyone to Share the Road and look out for their fellow Flashes.

Vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians should be aware of the increasing eBike and eScooter traffic on campus. eBike and eScooter operators must review and adhere to the following rules and safety tips.

Campus Rules to Follow

  • Obey all rules of the road, including traffic signs and signals.  Users must follow all applicable state and local laws, ordinances and university policies.
  • eBikes and eScooters must never block pedestrian walkways or ADA access.
  • Park eBikes & eScooters in designated parking zones.
  • eScooters must be operated at a low speed in the presence of pedestrians.
  • eScooters are not permitted inside any building on campus.
  • Operators of eScooters or eBikes must not carry passengers.
  • Wearing headphones or ear-buds while operating eScooters or eBikes is prohibited.
  • eBikes and eScooters ARE:
    • Allowed on bike trails and in bike lanes on university property
    • Required to follow all university traffic laws and regulations
    • Required to stop at stop signs
    • Required to be parked upright in designated parking zones.
    • Fun and convenient – when ridden legally and safely!
  • eBikes and eScooters are NOT:
    • Allowed inside university buildings – either for storage or charging
    • Immune from traffic regulations or fines
    • To be ridden dangerously or carelessly

SPIN SAFE


Available on Spin’s website, Spin Safe Digital provides riders with all the information they need to start and end a trip, the rules of the road, and shows proper parking techniques that are ADA compliant. Spin Safe Digital also provides an overview of Spin’s sanitation practices for keeping employees safe, and minimizing the potential for viral transmission in Spin warehouses, along with best practices for riders to abide by in this ‘new normal.’

Through the Spin Safe online portal, riders are encouraged to watch five different safety videos that address the following topics:

  • COVID-19 Safety Protocols
  • Getting Started
  • On the Road
  • Ending Your Ride
  • Making Your Community Safer

The website also hosts a safety quiz that reinforces the messages seen in the videos about proper rider behavior, including where to ride and how to park. Scan the QR code on your phone or click on the link below to take the Safety Quiz. If riders score 100% on the quiz, they will earn $5 in Spin credit. Anyone who takes the quiz, regardless of their score, is given the opportunity to order a free helmet, shipped directly to the rider’s home.

Spin Safety Videos

Additional Safety Tips

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  • Wear a helmet.  We strongly encourage all riders to wear a helmet to help reduce the risk of severe head injury if an accident occurs.
  • Maintain a three-foot minimum distance from pedestrians.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Watch the road for uneven surfaces and debris.
  • Be wary of puddles and leaves that may hide potholes.
  • Dress to be seen, use lights and reflective clothing / gear at night.
  • Share the Road and never ride against traffic.
  • Eliminate distractions.  Do NOT text while riding!

Top 6 Riders Messages 

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    Slow First Ride

    First time? Take it slow. Get to know your Spin on a quiet street before kicking it up a notch.
  • one foot kick off graphic
    Kick Off to Start

    The throttle will not engage the motor unless the scooter is already rolling. Kick three times to get going before your push the throttle.
  • one foot in front of other graphic
    Keep One Foot in Front of the Other

    Riding with your feet staggered makes it easier to shift your weight back and keep your balance if you need to brake suddenly. If your vehicle has a foot brake, keep one foot over the brake.
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    Stay Relaxed

    Keep your arms and knees slightly bent and your body relaxed to maintain balance over bumps in the road.
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    Watch the Road Ahead of You

    Look ahead, not down at the wheels. Watch for bumps or uneven surfaces. If you do need to ride over a bump in the road, always take it head on (at a 90 degree angle).
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    Shift Your Weight Back to Brake

    Shift your weight to your back foot or lean back when you brake. The harder your brake, the more you should shift your weight back. Lean forward slightly when you accelerate.

General Safety Tips

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    Stay Alert

    Please keep your eyes on the road ahead of you and your ears open for traffic and pedestrians.
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    Slow First Ride

    First time? Take it slow. Get to know your Spin on a quiet street before kicking it up a notch. Your vehicle is designed to limit your first ride to 8 mph.
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    18+ to Ride

    Share the road, not the rental. Only the person who rents the scooter is permitted to ride it.
  • ride sober graphic
    Ride Sober

    If you wouldn’t drive, you shouldn’t ride. Riding while under the influence of drugs or alcohol risks serious injury and may result in a DWI.
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    Ride on Smooth, Paved Surfaces

    You are most visible to drivers when riding in the bike lane or street. Riding over grass, gravel, or the sidewalk edge can cause a fall. Ouch!
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    One Rider Per Vehicle

    You may look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two… but this baby was built for one rider only. It is not safe to ride with more than one person at a time, or with packages attached to the handle bars.

Contact Spin

SPIN can be contacted to pick up or remove any eBikes(s) or eScooter(s) from campus and/or other Kent locations by contacting them through the options listed below.

In all communication, please include the bike/scooter 7-digit license plate number and issue or reason for relocation.

  • Campus community
    • Phone: 1-888-262-5189 to leave a message for our support team
    • URL: https://help.spin.pm
    • App item: Navigate to the menu button in the upper right corner and click "Contact Support"
  • Off-campus community

Additional SPIN Frequently Asked Questions