There are over 8,500 bike parking spaces (each hoop provides 2 parking spaces) on U-M's Ann Arbor campus. This translates to about 1 place for every 10 people within an academic, research and office building on campus and 1 place for every 4 people living in a residence hall. These ratios fall within common guidelines from around the country and are the result of a concerted effort over the past ten years to increase the number of bike parking spots on campus.
The majority of the bicycle parking spaces are of the inverted "U" design where each hoop accommodates two bicycles. The hoops are typically clustered, placed on hard surfaces and located in the vicinity of building entrances. Some larger bike parking clusters are centrally located to serve numerous buildings. Most of the parking spots are uncovered, but where possible some racks are located under building overhangs and within parking decks. Cyclists should park bikes at designated bike racks and refrain from locking their bikes to fences, sign post or trees.
Bicycling Guide and Bike Parking Locations
The following guide maps provide information on common bicycle routes around campus along with the location and the type of bicycle parking available.
- Bicycle Safety Guide PDF
- Central Campus PDF
- Medical Campus PDF
- North Campus PDF
- Ross Athletic Campus PDF
- South Ross Athletic Campus PDF
- East Campus PDF
In addition, there are a limited number of bicycle lockers that provide covered and secured parking for individual bicycles. Lockers are located at the Medical Campus and Wolverine Tower. The lockers are available for lease at a nominal fee plus a refundable key deposit. For inquiries regarding bike lockers please contact Parking Customer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A secured, indoor bicycle parking facility is available on the South side of the Thompson St. Parking Structure - out of the elements and accessible to only those with rented space. Two doors, accessed via programmed Mcards, with a 50-bike capacity - either on floor loops or on wall racks.
Rental of bicycle storage space is $72.00 per parking permit year (July through June at $6.00 per month). The fee must be paid in full at the time of purchase. Payment methods include cash, check (payable to University of Michigan) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). To rent space in the facility, please contact Parking Customer Services at 764-8291.
Abandoned Bike Removal Guidelines
The Regents of the University of Michigan have enacted an ordinance allowing for the impoundment of a bicycle that is left unattended for 48 hours; left in a manner as to unreasonably obstruct the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or otherwise in violation with the ordinance. The ordinance allows for the impoundment of bicycles that are determined to be abandoned.
If you suspect that your bicycle has been impounded, please refer to this Google document for reference and contacts for recovery.
Bicycle Parking Requests
U-M continues to evaluate bicycle parking needs around campus. The evaluation is based on: bicycle parking guidelines, visual assessment of existing bicycle parking use, bicycle parking requests, and a site assessment of bike parking feasibility. It is U-M's intent to provide an adequate supply of bicycle parking where feasible. Given site restrictions and budgetary limitations, the parking provided may not be located at the most convenient location for each user but in the general vicinity of the building being served. If you feel a particular building or area needs additional bicycle parking please review the Bicycle Guides above to see if alternative bicycle parking locations are located nearby. If no alternate locations are available or the alternate locations are full please submit a Bicycle Parking Request form (requires login) to ask for more parking.