USM Public Safety

Bicycle Parking & Storage Policy


All outdoor campus bicycle storage facilities are limited and designed for temporary parking of bikes in active use, not long-term storage. Long-term storage is designated as such. We request that all community members use approved bike racks rather than sign posts, hand rails, etc. Those in violation of this parking procedure will be subject to impoundment as outlined below. Bikes that are abandoned are also subject to impoundment as outlined below. Abandoned bicycles reduce the number of spaces available for others and can cause safety, accessibility, and aesthetic problems. 

POLICY:  The University will remove abandoned bicycles in order to maintain adequate, safe, and accessible bike storage and storage areas.


  • A bicycle shall be considered abandoned on University property if it remains in the same position for more than 10 days after notice of impoundment is attached to the bicycle.
  • Abandoned bicycles are subject to impoundment, even if they are parked in a legitimate space.
  • The Department of Public Safety is authorized to attach a notice of impoundment, remove, and impound bicycles and bicycle parts (such as wheels) from University property under the following circumstances:
    1. when a bicycle is found under circumstances which indicate it has been abandoned (i.e., it appears to be inoperable and/or has not been moved for an extended period of time, except at residential buildings);
    2. when a bicycle is parked in manner blocking handicapped access, exits, fire lanes, or otherwise jeopardizing public safety; or
    3. when a bicycle is suspected of being stolen.
    4. During announced abandoned bike sweeps targeted to remove abandoned bikes from community racks.  Bike sweeps will be coordinated with Facilities Management.  
  • If a bicycle is impounded, the owner will have 90 days to claim it from the Department of Property Management and pay any relevant citation, storage and impoundment fees.
  • Claimants must provide proof of ownership or a reasonably accurate description of the bicycle and the location of abandonment. The Department of Public Safety has sole authority to determine the sufficiency of such evidence, and the determination shall not be subject to protest, appeal, or review.
  • The University of Southern Maine is not responsible for loss or damage to locks or security devices removed for the purposes of bicycle impoundment.
  • For ease of identification and recovery, persons parking bicycles on campus are to record their serial numbers and to register their bicycles through the Department of Public Safety.  The Department of Public Safety shall make a good faith effort to contact the registered owner so that they may reclaim their bicycle.