Bicycle Impound

Starts May 5, 2014

The Department of Police & Public Safety will begin the annual campus bike cleanup on May 5, 2014.  Bikes that are not registered with the department will be impounded whether they are attached to a bicycle rack or not.  Impoundment will also include bikes that are in disrepair, and not locked to a bicycle rack.  Any bike in proper repair that is locked to a bicycle rack and is registered with a current and valid permit affixed will not be impounded.  Students leaving campus for the summer should remove their bicycles from campus.
Bike impoundment is done per University Ordinance Number 33 Section 06.  Every year hundreds of bikes are abandoned on campus.  We are required to impound these bikes in order to maintain a clean campus. 
Anyone interested in registering their bicycle may do so free of charge at the Department of Police & Public Safety or online at The permit will be mailed to you.  In order to register a bicycle, owners need to know the make, color and serial number. Serial numbers can typically be found on the underside of the bicycle frame.  Bikes must have the permit properly affixed in order to avoid impoundment.
To retrieve impounded bicycles, owners need to contact the Parking Office between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday.  Owners must provide proof of ownership, register the bicycle, and pay the impound fee before the bike will be released.  Locks will not be replaced. 
After bike impoundment is finished, a list will be published of all the bikes impounded. The list will be posted at the Spartan Village Community Center, the Union, the International Center, Student Services, and in the MSU Police lobby. This list will provide the make, color and location that each bicycle was impounded from.  Once this list is published, owners have thirty days to retrieve their bicycle.  Bicycles that are not retrieved will be donated to MSU Surplus Store and Recycling, MSU Bikes, or depending on the severity of disrepair, may be disposed.

Related Links

Online Bicycle Permit Registration

Other Bicycle Information