Bicycles should only be parked at designated bike racks and should not be taken into U-M buildings. Bicycles parked such that they block sidewalks or roadways are subject to citation and impoundment by U-M Police Department (UMPD). Please see the U-M Ordinance for more information regarding bicycle impoundment and removal.

The UMPD now offers bicycle registration. If your bicycle is lost or stolen, you can easily be identified as the owner when it is recovered by law enforcement. Learn more about the program and officially register your bicycle.

When parked at a bike rack, bicycles should be secured through the frame and one or both of the wheels. While quick release front wheels are the easiest to be removed, the rear wheel actually has more value components; both can be targets for thieves. Expensive saddles and bike accessories such as lights can also be targets and should be removed or secured.

When locking a bike, consider these steps:

  1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOCK. The level of security you need depends on where you are leaving your bike, and for how long.
  2. ALWAYS LOCK YOUR BIKE to a solid object that it cannot be lifted over.
  3. LOCK YOUR BIKE in a well lit area with high foot traffic.
  4. MAKE SURE what you lock your bike to cannot be cut.
  5. LOCK ACCORDING TO VALUE frame first, then back wheel, and finally front wheel.
  6. GET A TIGHT FIT! The less room inside of the u-lock or chain, the more difficult it will be for thieves to use their tools.
  7. POSITION YOUR LOCK off the ground with the keyhole facing down.