Bike Parking Regulations


As with motor vehicle parking, the parking of bicycles must also be controlled to keep the campus safe and convenient for everyone. These regulations are intended to prevent bicycles from parking in areas of high pedestrian traffic, areas that could cause a safety hazard, or could be disruptive to other people.

  1. Bicycles must be parked in the bicycle racks provided. They must not be parked on lawns or sidewalks; chained to trees, light poles, fences, benches, etc. Bicycles that are improperly parked may be impounded by cutting and removing a locking device when necessary. Of particular concern are bicycles parked on disability access ramps. Bicycles found on these ramps will be immediately removed and impounded.
  2. Bicycles that are considered abandoned will be impounded. They may be removed by cutting the locking device, when necessary.
  3. Bicycles must not be taken inside any university building except those authorized by the Department of Public Safety.

Bicycle Registration Form


Locating Your Bike's Serial Number

The majority of serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. Simply turn your bike upside down and record the number. If there is no serial number there then check places like the headset at the front of the bike or the rear stays. The diagram at the right indicates the five most common serial number locations. If you just can't find anything then you can either engrave your driver's license number or describe the bike the best you can when registering and maybe even take a picture with it to prove ownership.

The best chance at recovering a stolen bicycle is having a registered serial number. These numbers are used by police within the City of Ames. You need the manufacturer's serial number to register your bicycle.


  1. Underside of crank
  2. Headset
  3. Rear stays
  4. Seat downtube next to crank
  5. Top of crank



    Bicycle Impound Policy

    ISU Parking Division will tag bikes that appear abandoned. After two weeks any bikes that still have the tag attached will be subject to impoundment for 90 days. If the bike is not claimed with in the 90 days it will go to Asset Recovery and be sold.