Bicycle Regulations

Licensing and Permit

All bicycles on campus should be registered with the Public Safety department and display a current St. Olaf bicycle permit. Registered bikes stand a greater chance of being recovered if it is stolen. This registration will require the following information: color of the bicycle, make, model and serial number. Bicycle permits will be issued to students, faculty, and staff at no charge.


Bicyclists must adhere to all traffic control devices while operated on public streets and campus roadways.  All bicyclists should wear a helmet and have a full set of reflectors on the bike. You must have a headlight and taillight on your bicycle if you are riding between sunset and sunrise. Bicyclists shall yield to pedestrians at all times and maintain a reasonable distance from vehicles, buildings and people.

Parking Areas

All bikes must be parked in bike racks or areas designated specifically for bicycles to avoid interfering with vehicle traffic, pedestrian traffic and snow removal efforts. Bicycles must not be chained to handicap ramps, light poles, handrails, bus shelters, public seating fixtures, fences, trash receptacles, trees or parked in spaces provided for motor vehicles. The College is not responsible for stolen bicycles or bicycles damaged due to vandalism or grounds maintenance efforts. Bicycles may only be brought into your residence hall room or placed in storage as per residence life storage policies.

Theft Prevention

Bike theft is a problem on all college campuses. If you believe your bicycle has been stolen or impounded, contact Public Safety at 3666. Additional steps you can take to protect your investment include:

  • always locking your bike to a bike rack when not in use
  • use a “U” lock or other high quality lock to secure it to the rack
  • use a cable lock in addition to a U lock if your bike has quick release wheels
  • taking your bike seat to your room when not in use

Impounding and Recovering Bicycles

  1. Public Safety is authorized by College policy to impound a bicycle if the bicycle:
    • is parked in a manner that creates a safety hazard
    • is damaging College property
    • is secured to any item other than a designated bike rack
    • has been reported stolen to any law enforcement agency
    • hampers the access to or use of any college facility, or
    • has been damaged to the extent the bike is unusable
  2. If a locking device must be removed to impound a bicycle, Public Safety may remove the locking device using whatever reasonable means are necessary. The College is not responsible for any damage to the locking device or for its replacement.
  3. Unlicensed bicycles that appear abandoned may be impounded. Bicycles will be posted with a notice for seven days prior to impoundment.
  4. Registered bicycles left undisturbed in racks for one calendar year may be treated as abandoned. Public Safety will attempt to notify the owner prior to impounding.
  5. Owners may claim impounded bicycles by calling Public Safety at ext. 3666. You will be expected to provide your name, your student/employee ID number, a description of the bicycle and the date you noticed it missing. Any bicycle not claimed within 60 days will become property of Public Safety and subject to sale at an annual bicycle sale or donated to a bike shop at the discretion of Public Safety.