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Bicycle Questions

How can I keep my bike from being stolen or impounded?

Don't get your bike stolen! Lock Properly:

Bike theft is a significant concern at UofL. Bicyclists are urged to always lock unattended bikes to a bike rack using a sturdy secure u-lock (cable locks have often been found cut by thieves). Bikes should not be locked to anything other than provided racks as they may cause a safety issue.

What are the benefits of registering my bicycle?

  1. Registration acts as a visible theft deterrent; similar programs on other campuses have decreased bicycle thefts.
  2. Registration has the potential to reduce costs to cyclists.  The owner of a registered bike illegally parked or appearing to be abandoned can be contacted directly in certain situations using the information provided during registration, rather than impounding the bicycle and/or cutting the lock. 
  3. Proof of registration can be helpful in filing an insurance claim on a stolen bike.
  4. Registration aids in theft recovery. Parking & Transportation can flag a registered bike as stolen, provide the your serial number for a police report and look for the bike.

Who should register their bicycles?

All members of the campus community who plan to park a bicycle on campus are encouraged to register the bicycle free of charge.