Bicycling at Indiana University

Bike Registration and Parking

Register your bike with both Bloomington City and Parking Operations. This section also includes tips on how to properly lock your bicycle to bike racks in order to avoid theft.

Bloomington Bike Registration: Registering your bike with the City of Bloomington is free! Registration stickers can be obtained from the Public Works Department by calling 349-3410 or visiting Suite 130 of City Hall.

  • You’ll need to provide your bike’s:
    • Color
    • Manufacturer/Make
    • Wheel size
    • Serial number

Indiana University Bike Registration: Register your bike on campus through Parking Operations. Registration costs $10 (valid as long as you own your bike) and prevents your bike from being impounded or ticketed. It also helps with identification in the event of theft. Applications are available at the Parking Operations Office at the Henderson Parking Garage.

  • You’ll need to provide your:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone
    • IU ID number
  • And your bike’s:
    • Make/model
    • Style
    • Color
    • Speeds
    • Serial number
    • Any distinguishing marks

Avoiding Theft: Lock your bike in designated bike parking. Use a U-Lock and cable system to secure your bike. Wrap the cable through the front and rear wheel and connect the cable ends to the U-Lock, attach the U-lock to the bike rack and your bike frame. Test the lock to make sure it’s secure. Ta-da! Safe and sound.

Parking: Most campus buildings have bike racks located nearby. For a comprehensive view of all bike racks located on campus, check out the Bike Racks Parking Map. Remember to display your university bike permit by affixing it to the frame or front fender of the bicycle. Do not use tape, magnets, string or other materials to attach the permit.

For more information, visit the Office of Parking Operations' website.