Bicycle Impoundment on Campus / Transportation Services
*(Considered off campus: State Street Mall and some locations on University, Park, and Lake St)
Bicycles are impounded on the UW campus for several reasons. Most often, abandoned bicycles are impounded as a part of routine campus maintenance. Many students desert their bicycles when leaving campus or if the bike has been vandalized. These bikes are removed after a warning period to make room for more bicycle parking and to prevent safety and maintenance problems. Typically 3 days notice is given when possible before removing bikes for these reasons. Bicycles locked in a manner that impede pedestrian access (particularly, but not limited to, locking to handrails at steps or wheelchair ramps), may be impounded immediately with no notice.
Bikes may also be impounded if they are inhibiting construction processes, impairing emergency services, and/or interfering with pedestrian traffic. If an area is scheduled for construction, obstructive bike racks will be tagged for removal. On the project date, these racks will be moved with or without the removal of all bikes.Bike Recovery
If you think your bike has been impounded, call the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator at 263-2969 or email email@example.com. Please have ready information pertaining to the date and location your bike was last seen, physical description of the vehicle and/or a Madison registration/serial number.
If you think your bike was taken from a City of Madison area that is not on the UW Campus (State Street Mall and some locations on University, Park, and Lake St), contact City of Madison “Bicycle Recovery Specialist” Garrett Ameigh. Her contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-267-8611.Abandoned Bicycles
What is an "abandoned" bike? Any bicycles left on campus attached to or parked at the same bicycle rack or bicycle parking area for more than 3 days (72 hours)-except at University Housing facilities- may be considered abandoned and will be impounded.Bike Disposal
Impounded bicycles are disposed of after remaining unclaimed for 60 days. UW Surplus then makes the bikes available for sale at SWAP.
If you are moving and don't want to take your bike with you, don't abandon it! Instead, donate your unwanted bike to a local non-profit program. Contact Wheels for Winners (273-4787) or Dreambikes (467-6315).
Can also answer questions about bike parking and bike lockers on campus. There are 40 bike lockers on campus that can be rented by the semester or year. $85/year