It's the law: Bicycles used on or near campus must be registered

July 19, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- As a reminder to all students, faculty and staff, all bicycles on campus, downtown and in surrounding townships must be registered. Students, faculty, staff and local residents can register their bicycles by calling the Parking Office at 814-865-1436 or by stopping by the office at the Eisenhower Parking Deck. Registration is easy, quick and free.

Registration helps to identify owners of lost and stolen bikes and provides statistical data to the University regarding the number of bicycles that need to be accommodated. Over the past 30 years, summer has been the most appropriate time to round up abandoned and unregistered bikes across campus because it generally is the time of year with the lowest amount of bicycles.

Officials from Transportation Services, at online, are currently tagging unregistered bikes on campus. Owners of a tagged bicycle should contact Transportation Services within 72 hours. Bikes will be taken and held for 90 days. After 90 days, the bikes will be released for sale at Lion Surplus, at online. Bikes chained to objects other than bike racks, such as railings, stairways and fences, will be detained immediately. It is the bike owner's responsibility to properly register and park his/her bike.

Online registration is currently unavailable due to software upgrades, but will be operational and online by Aug. 20. The system will be ready for use by the beginning of fall semester. Registering with the Parking Office is quick and simple. Bicyclists need the proper information to complete registration, including the bike's manufacturer, model, serial number and color.

For more information, contact parking manager Jean Harris at 814-863-7021 or

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Last Updated July 27, 2010