Bicycle Parking at Purdue and Abandoned Bicycle Procedures

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Abandoned Bicycle Guideline

Responsible Officer: Aaron Madrid 

Responsible Office: Transportation Services


Bicycle parking racks at Purdue are in place near all campus facilities to support the every growing number of bicycles being ridden by our campus community members. Bicycle Parking at Purdue is free for any person actively using their bicycle on campus. Bicycle Parking at Purdue is not permanent parking for bicycles. If the owner of a bicycle is leaving campus for any period greater than two weeks the bicycle must be removed from campus to keep parking options available for those who may need them.  

Abandoned bicycles located at Residential or Non Residential buildings will be tagged with a Notice of Removal which will provide the owner of the bicycle 14 days to remove (and/or register) their bicycle from the date the bicycle is tagged. Owners of abandoned bicycles parked at the Recreational Sports Center or Athletic Buildings will be given less time to remove their bicycle as parking at these locations is intended to be short term. Once removed the bicycle will be taken to Transportation’s Bicycle Impound to wait for reclamation or until a date no sooner than 30 days after impound. If the bicycle is unclaimed after 30 days then the bike will become the property of Purdue University. 


Abandoned bicycles are an eyesore, represent potential hazards to students, and use up valuable parking spaces for those actively using their bicycles on campus. Depending on the area of campus, different procedures are used to tag, remove, and store bicycles. This process will centralize abandoned bicycle removal and storage.


  • Abandoned Bicycle- A Bicycle shall be considered abandoned if the bicycle is left unattended on campus for: Ninety (90) or more days at Residential Buildings, ten (10) or more days at Non Residential Buildings or 24 hours at the Recreational Sports Center or Athletic Buildings. A bicycle shall also be considered abandoned if it is found to be in a state of disrepair (e.g. rusted chain, deflated tires, leaves and debris present, obviously not in use, bent wheels, bent handlebars, missing parts.) All bicycles left in racks near residence halls on campus after Spring Commencement will be tagged as abandoned and scheduled for impound during the month of May. 
  • Non Residential Building – Non Residential buildings are buildings which are owned by Purdue University that do not serve as a place of residence, athletic activity, or recreational sports activities (e.g. Purdue Memorial Union, Campus Libraries, Academic Buildings, Parking Garages.)
  • Athletic Buildings – Athletic buildings are buildings owned by Purdue that serve as a location for intercollegiate sporting events (e.g. Ross-Ade Stadium, Mackey Arena)
  • Residential Building – Residential buildings are buildings owned by Purdue University which offer places of residence for students. (e.g.


Bicycle Removal Process

Residential and Non-Residential Areas (Excluding Recreational Sports and Athletics Buildings)

Every other week Purdue Parking and Transportation will oversee the identification, tagging, and removal of abandoned bicycles on campus. Areas of campus will be combed for abandoned bicycles on a rotating basis to ensure the entire campus is being searched regularly.

Suspected abandoned bicycles will be marked with a tag that will inform the owner of the bicycle that they have 14 days to rectify the situation by taking appropriate action as described on the Notice of Removal tag. After 14 days, confirmed abandoned bicycles will be removed and transported to the Bicycle Impound.

Serial numbers, color, make, and model of all impounded bicycles will be recorded.

If a bicycle is suspected of being abandoned and removal needs to take place outside of the predetermined times then a request for tag and removal may be submitted to Transportation by emailing pertinent information (reason for removal, location, and description of bicycle) to

Bicycle Recovery Process

Once impounded, if registered, 3 attempts will be made to contact the owner of the bicycle by the BOC using registration contact information. Once contacted, the owner will have 48 hours to claim their bicycle from Bicycle Impound.

Unregistered bicycles may be claimed by the owner after sufficient proof of ownership has been provided. The owner of the impounded bicycle must present a government issued ID or Purdue ID and at least two of the following: the bike's serial number, a receipt of the bike purchase, photos of you with the bike, a description of any unique features of the bike, or a registration with an online bike registration service which pre-dates the theft of the bike.

After 30 days unclaimed bicycles are considered to be gifted to Purdue University and become property of Purdue University. 

If you believe your bike may have been removed by Purdue personnel and you would like to retrieve it, contact Bicycle Impound by emailing or calling 765-496-3825  

Bicycle parking

To learn more about bicycle parking regulations, see Section 7 of the University Traffic and Parking Regulations.


Need help with your bicycle? Contact the Alternative Transportation Coordinator via the Contact Us page on this website. Find more information on campus bicycle repair stations and the Farmers Market bicycle tent through the Office of University Sustainability.

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