Bicycle Impoundment on Campus / Transportation Services



(608) 263-2969 -- Chuck Strawser, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
(608) 267-8611 -- Garrett Ameigh, if the bike was off campus*,
(608) 263-6666 -- Main Line 

Fax (608) 365-3424

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:15 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Rm 124 WARF Building
610 Walnut St.
Madison, WI 53726

Hours of other locations can be found on the Transportation Services' website, link above.  

*(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.

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 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” Rebecca "Beck" Mugford. Her contact info is, 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

Keywords:bicycle bike abandon impound locker tran   Doc ID:10882
Owner:Geoff M.Group:Campus and Visitor Relations
Created:2009-06-10 19:00 CDTUpdated:2016-09-02 09:10 CDT
Sites:Campus and Visitor Relations
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