Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to get around campus. If you choose to bike, and we hope you do, please remember that your bicycle is a vehicle. Just like a motorist, it is your responsibility to learn and obey the rules that apply to you as a cyclist.

Registering Your Bike

Although registration is optional, we highly encourage getting a bicycle permit. A bicycle can be a major investment so help protect it by registering today.

Benefits of Registering your bicycle include:

  • Serves as a visible deterrent to possible theft
  • Registration may prevent ticketing and impoundment
  • Reduce costs to cyclists.
  • PTS can contact you directly if a situation arises
    • If a bike is parked illegally and appears abandoned the bicycle could be impounded
    • Proof of registration may also be helpful for filing an insurance claim if your bike is stolen
  • It’s a lifetime permit for as long as you own your bicycle
  • Aids in the recovery of lost or stolen bicycles
  • Helps with accident victim identification


To register your bicycle at no cost, please visit Parking & Transportation Services located in the Vermont Street Garage. We will need the following information from you in order to register your bicycle:

  • Owner's name, address and phone number
  • University ID number (IUPUI students and employees)
  • Bicycle make, style, speeds, color and distinguishing marks
  • Serial number
  • Picture of bicycle

Permit Placement

Affix your bicycle permit to the frame or front fender of the bicycle. Do not use tape, magnets, string or other materials to attach the permit.

Parking Your Bike

Be sure to check out the Bike Racks Map for a comprehensive view of all bicycle parking locations on campus.

Please remember to properly display your bicycle permit, and to only park your bike at designated bike racks. If you would like to recommend a new bike rack location, please email

For more information on bicycle storage on campus, please visit the Office of Sustainability's website.

Bike Regulations and Impoundment

When parking your bicycle on the IUPUI campus, you agree to abide by IUPUI campus policy rules and regulations. Please refer to policy# IN-FIAD. CFS.02 “Policy for Bicycle Parking on the IUPUI Campus” for a detailed description.

A bicycle is considered a motor vehicle and therefore requires that bicyclists follow the Rules and Regulations the same as other individuals operating vehicles on campus. Bicycles found to be illegally parked are subject to impoundment and a parking fine.

Remember, to always park your bicycle in a fixed bike rack or other parking facilities designated for bicycles to avoid ticketing and impoundment. Bike IUPUI is administered by Parking & Transportation Services and exists to ensure you have all of the information you need to register your bicycle, and to ride and park it safely.

Registered and Non-Registered Bicycles:

If your bicycle is parked illegally but does not impede safety, then:

    • Registered: Parking & Transportation Services will contact the registered owner who has 24 hours to remove the bicycle before impoundment.
    • Unregistered: Bicycle will receive warning sticker indicating the registered owner has 24 hours to remove the bicycle before impoundment.

If your bicycle appears to be abandoned, but does not impede safety, then:

    • Registered: Parking & Transportation Services will contact the registered owner who has 3 days to remove the bicycle before impoundment.
    • Unregistered: Bicycle will receive a warning sticker indicating the registered owner has 3 days to remove the bicycle before impoundment.

If at any time your bicycle impedes safety, then:

    • All bicycles, registered or unregistered, will be impounded without prior notice and released at the owner’s expense.

Mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles (both electric and combustion powered) are NOT permitted to park at bicycle racks and will require the purchase of a parking permit for parking in regular parking spaces. Motor Driven Cycles may receive a regular parking citation for ‘no valid parking permit’ for parking at bicycle racks. Please contact Parking & Transportation Services for additional information on parking your motorized vehicle legally at IUPUI.

Reclaiming your Impounded Bicycle

How to reclaim your impounded bicycle:

1. Call IUPUI Parking & Transportation Services:
  • Call (317) 274-4232 to verify that your bicycle has been impounded. (After hours please call IUPD at 317-274-7911).
  • You will need to provide
    • Your name
    • University ID Number (IUPUI students and employees)
    • Description of the bicycle
    • Date you noticed your bicycle missing

    2. Reclaim your bicycle:
    • Visit Parking & Transportation Services located in the Vermont Street Garage.
    • Impounded bicycles are released during normal business hours, Monday & Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursday & Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • When you arrive to claim your bicycle, you must bring picture identification and the key or combination to your lock if applicable.

    3. Pay a fine:
    • You will be issued a $20.00 fine upon release of your bicycle.

    IUPUI is not responsible for damage to locking devices and/or vehicles that require removal. It is lawful for the university to remove locking devices in order to impound a bicycle.

    Note: Impounded bicycles left unclaimed for 60 days will be sent to IUPUI Auction.

Bicycling Safety Tips

While riding your bicycle, obey all traffic laws and buy and wear a bicycle helmet! Helmets can greatly reduce the risk of head injuries and death. Don't "hit the road" without one! Some other tips to keep in mind when biking IUPUI:

  • Wear light colored clothing when riding your bicycle at night and always wear a helmet
  • Register your bike
  • Don’t use a cell phone while riding unless using a hands-free device
  • Ride at a safe speed for conditions
  • Have your brakes adjusted and working properly
  • Adhere to all traffic signs and signals
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Use lights when riding after dark
  • Always ride with the flow of traffic, and never on sidewalks or other pedestrian walkways, on grass or non-paved areas, or in university buildings
  • Park your bike only in designated areas
  • As a courtesy to fellow cyclists, park in only one space

DISCLAIMER: The bicycling pre-ride and safety tips are merely examples of things to consider before biking that may help prevent accidents and bicycle malfunction and are in no way a guarantee of your safety. They are intended for your consideration only. Be a wise bicyclist and conduct your own research on how to bike safely.

Bicycle Theft Prevention Tips

  • Whenever possible, lock your bike to a bike rack with a steel "U" shaped lock, leaving as little space as possible within the "U" of the lock to make it harder for thieves to pry it open.
  • Position the lock keyhole so it faces the ground, but keep the lock off the ground to avoid giving it the leverage to smash it.
  • Remove the front wheel and lock both the wheel and frame together with the "U" if it's a quick release wheel.
  • Take your bike seat with you if it's easily removable and/or expensive.

Reporting your Bicycle Lost or Stolen

In the event that your bicycle is stolen, or parts or accessories have been removed, please contact the IUPD at 317-274-7911 to file a police report. We also recommend you file a listing with

Bicycle Auction

Looking for a great deal on a new ride? IUPUI Surplus holds several auctions during the year where hundreds of abandoned and unclaimed bikes are sold. To view all auction dates, please visit the IUPUI Surplus website at

Indiana Pacers BikeShare

Want to take a bicycles ride but don’t have a bicycle of your own? No problem, check out the Indiana Pacers BikeShare Program. All stations are located on or near the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, including one right here on campus! Check out for additional information.

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