About Us

Bears Bikes was founded by two WashU students in 2004 when a lunchtime chat led to a simple idea: offer students the opportunity to rent rather than purchase bikes!

What was a very simple idea transformed into a serious business plan through the course of a few short months. The purpose of this business is to give students low-hassle, environmentally friendly transportation at an affordable cost.


Olly Cohen

Olly is majoring in creative writing and computer science. He likes to play guitar, meditate, climb rocks, dance, and, of course, ride and build bikes! Olly is also an adventurer. When he was 18, he traveled around the world for seven months πŸ˜€. This past summer he drove across the country in his convertible and interned at NBC in LA.

Jess Zhang

Jess is a rising junior from Morristown, NJ on the pre-medicine track pursuing Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. She is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi, Japan Peer Network, and Girls Who Code. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and understanding other cultures. Last summer, she studied abroad in Beijing. This summer, she studied Spanish in Salamanca, Spain and organized a solo trip across Europe.



Melissa Guo

Melissa is a rising junior majoring in Finance and Marketing with a minor in design. On campus, she is involved in Bear Studios and Beat Therapy. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, singing, and of course, riding her bike!

Vicky Zhang

Vicky is a rising junior from Atlanta majoring in marketing and finance. Besides biking, her biggest sources of joy in life are Veronica Mars and graphic design. Outside of Bears Bikes, she is a proud member of Phi Gamma Nu and Chi Omega. Over the summer, she is interning at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis!

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Maddie Chiu

Maddie is a rising sophomore from Los Angeles majoring in English. When she’s not sleeping, Maddie enjoys online window shopping, reading satire and autobiographies, and writing about topics that are way too niche. In addition to Bears Bikes, Maddie is involved in Student Life newspaper and the Taiwanese Student Organization.