Oberlin College is a pedestrian friendly campus and encourages its students, and local faculty and staff, to leave their cars, motorbikes, and other motorized transportation at home. Oberlin recommends as many campus members as possible to walk or ride a bike to campus.
It’s easy to traverse this 4.4-square mile community and 440-acre campus. Several paved walkways and smooth paths link north and south campus, as well as traverse Tappan Square into downtown Oberlin.
Oberlin is a bike-friendly town, with bike racks in front of most major buildings, which makes venturing around campus fast and trouble-free.
Oberlin also lies on a paved bicycle and pedestrian path along the Lorain County section of the North Coast Inland Trail , formerly called the Oberlin Bike Path. If you want to take a longer bike ride, this section travels southwest to Kipton, Ohio, and makes its way northeast to Elyria, Ohio, for a total distance of 13.5 miles. The trail cuts through Pyle Road, South Professor Street, and East Lorain Street.
If you don’t own a bike or prefer to leave your bike at home, head over to the Oberlin Bike Co-op in the basement of Keep Cottage, a cooperatively run bicycle repair, rental, and education center that opened in 1986.
The Bike Co-op provides bikes for rent on a semester or summer basis. You also can learn how to care for your bike such as patch a leaky tube, or adjust breaks gone wrong.
CarShare by Enterprise
Oberlin College has partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to offer car sharing through CarShare by Enterprise for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. CarShare by Enterprise is a membership-based, automated car rental option that offers a sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective transportation alternative.
Oberlin College students, faculty, and staff with a credit card and valid driver's license can sign up for the program. Individuals 18 and older are eligible for membership in CarShare. The program offers 24/7 access to hourly, daily, and overnight rentals. CarShare allows members to maintain the benefits of a personal car while only paying for the vehicle when it is being used. Car rentals start at $8 an hour. Fuel, basic physical damage to the vehicle, and state-required liability protection are included in the standard rate plan.
Registered members will have access to three fuel-efficient vehicles, including a Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, and Ford Escape. The vehicles will be parked at the Oberlin Inn, Keep Co-Op, and the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. Rent and return at the same location.
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The Student Shuttle System or RideLine is a student-staffed operation that provides stop-to-stop vehicle escort service to members of the college community. Hours are from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily during each week of scheduled classes. It serves a route around the perimeter of the campus, with limited off-campus stops. Obtain service by calling 440-775-RIDE (7433).
Most streets in Oberlin are paved, making it a pleasant place to walk to and from class, take a leisurely stroll, or a jog around the community.
The college offers a Walking Safety Escort Service from dusk to dawn upon request for anyone who prefers not to walk alone. Campus security officers, their student assistants, and the Student Shuttle System participate in this service.
You may request a safety escort to walk with you to any college building, residence hall, or parking lot by calling the Office of Safety and Security at 440-775-8444 or by using any of the blue campus emergency phones.