Bicycle Enforcement, Parking & Use on Campus

All those who operate bicycles on the grounds of UConn are subject to the following regulations, which are enforced through the combined and cooperative efforts of Parking Services, Transportation Services, and Public Safety.

Bicyclists should travel as near to the right side of the bikeway as is safe, except when turning or while overtaking and passing another user proceeding in the same direction.  Every bicyclist should exercise due care and caution to avoid colliding with any other bikeway user traveling by any mode. Bicyclists must travel manners that are consistent and predictable manner and not more than two abreast.

No group of bikeway users should span more than half the bikeway, measured from the right side, so as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of other users.

Bicyclists should give a clearly audible warning – such as that provided by voice bell, horn or whistle — before executing a passing maneuver by another person, pedestrian, or bicyclist.

Bicyclists entering or crossing the bikeway at uncontrolled points must yield to traffic on the bikeway.

Bicycles are prohibited against traveling on any University bikeway at unreasonably high speeds. Bicycles must operate their bicycles at a speed and with the control speed required to avoid collisions with others using reasonable care.

Bicycles operated on campus after sunset and before sunrise must ha a headlight visible from 500 feet to the front and a red or amber light visible from 500 feet to the rear. Other bikeway users should have white lights visible from 250 feet.

Every bicyclist traveling on UConn property obey official traffic control signs and devices placed in accordance with applicable laws or regulations unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

The person who violates these regulations will be responsible for the costs and fees associated with that violation.

Bicyclists should always secure their parked bicycles to UConn bicycle racks whenever they are parked on University property.

Bicycles must not be parked:

  • against or secured to:
    • hand- or stair-railings
    • public safety equipment
    • signs and sign posts
    • street furniture and hardscape
    • trees and plantings
  • along or in a manner that encumbers handicap accessible paths or ramps
  • in a manner that blocks or encumbers any emergency exit or established travel path
  • within landscaping

A bicycle parked or operated in violation of these regulations may be impounded.  UConn will not compensate the owner of the bicycle for the cost of any lock (or other security device) that is cut or otherwise damaged during the impoundment process.  Proof of ownership is required before UConn will release an impounded bicycle to a claimant.

Those who operate bicycles on the UConn Storrs camups should also familiarize themselves with the bikeway use ordinances of the Town of Mansfield.


Bicycle Impoundment Process

Bicycles parked in violation of the above-mentioned University policies may be impounded. All impounded bicycles will be stored with a Parking Services facility until it is claimed by its owner or disposed of by the University.  Parking Services is authorized to enforce its policies on all University-owned property.

The following guidelines will be followed when UConn impounds a bicycle.
  1. Bicycles that are in violation of the above regulations and present a public safety hazard as defined by Parking Services will be tagged and removed immediately.
  1. Bicycles that are deemed abandoned will be tagged and removed after seventy-two (72) hours. The Removal Notice shall contain the following information: the date the bicycle was tagged, its location, the nature of the violation, and the date the bicycle will be removed by Parking Services. Bicycles are considered abandoned when they are locked to University property in an apparently inoperable or dilapidated condition where they have remained for more than two weeks.
  1. If registered, Parking Services will attempt to contact the owner of the bicycle to confirm it is abandoned.
  1. If the owner of a registered bicycle cannot be contacted or if that owner fails to remove the bicycle by the specified date, Parking Services staff will remove the bicycles.
  1. Parking Services staff will take the following actions while impounding a bicycle:
  • take pictures of the bicycle to document its condition prior to its relocation
  • if a lock was used to secure the vehicle at the time of the impound that lock will be transported to the impound area along with the vehicle
  • produce a written record of
    • the time/date/location of the vehicle at the time it was impounded
    • the time/date the vehicle was first tagged and when the impoundment occurred
    • the make/model/color and serial number of the bicycle
    • distinguishing marks that may help in the identification of the bicycle’s owner
  1. All bicycles removed by Parking Services will be moved to the University’s bicycle impound area, where they will be kept for up forty-five (45) days.
  1. Forty-five (45) days after impound, the bicycle becomes UConn property and may be disposed of by the University.
  1. Parking Services will regularly inform the UConn community of the number of bicycles it impounds, donates, and recycles via its website.

How to Claim an Impounded Bicycle

When bicycles are removed, they are placed in a secure Parking Services’ impound facility. Please follow these procedures to claim an impounded bicycle:

Send an email to Parking Services and include the following information:

  • the last known date and location of the bicycle
  • a description containing the make, model, primary color, identifying marks or equipment (i.e., decals, lights, racks, etc.)
  • permit number (if registered with UConn Parking Services)
  • your telephone number(s)

Parking Services staff will respond to your email to let you know if your bicycle is in our impound inventory and, if so, schedule a time for its retrieval.

The owner will be asked to bring the following items to confirm their ownership of an impounded bicycle:

  • One Card (or state-issued picture ID / passport, if not affiliated with the University).
  • Key or combination to the lock used to secure the bicycle when it was impounded.

Corroboration of a the make, model, primary color, identifying marks or equipment (i.e., decals, lights, racks, etc.) will be required when the claimant neither registered their bicycle with the University nor has a key or combination to operate the tumbler of the lock with which the bicycle was secured. This information, along with other facts surrounding the situation, might be sufficient to persuade Parking Services that the claimant owns the impounded bicycle.