Bicycle Impoundment Under California Vehicle Code

 

Impound overview

Bicycle parking enforcement ensures that parking areas remain available for the parking of bicycles that are actively used on a daily basis and that parking areas do not impede or obstruct accessible or pedestrian access. 

UCLA Parking Enforcement and Business & Administrative Services for on-campus housing remove abandoned bicycles from racks and non-designated bicycle parking areas in order to maintain an adequate number of secure parking spaces and thereby discourage bicycle theft. Bicyclists must comply with all parking rules and regulations, including finding a legal parking area.

Bicycle Parking Regulations

  • Bicycles can only be parked on the University campus on bicycle racks, in bicycle lockers or in areas designated by bicycle parking signs.
  • No bicycle can be parked, stored or left in any lobby, hallway or room of any building unless the area is specifically designated for bicycle parking.
  • Bicycles cannot be chained or otherwise locked, or attached to any handrail, tree, shrubbery, door, signpost, lamp, telephone pole, lamppost, fence, or other object not maintained or designated for the purpose of securing bicycles.
  • Bicycles not part of the Bruin Bike Share system cannot be chained or otherwise locked, or attached to any rack at a UCLA Bruin Bike Share hub.

Impound Process

  • A 72-hour notice will be placed on the bicycle if it appears to be abandoned (rusted, and/or have missing parts), stored (parked for more than one day without being moved), in non-working condition, or parked in a non-designated area.
  • If the bicycle is not removed within 72 hours from the date of the notice, the bicycle will be impounded.
  • Bicycles blocking accessible or emergency access may be impounded immediately without notice. Bicycles may also be removed from racks which are being relocated due to construction and in posted areas prohibiting the parking of bicycles.  
  • Any authorized University personnel may remove the securing mechanism using whatever reasonable measures are necessary to impound the bicycle. The University is not liable for the cost of repair or replacement of any securing device or bicycle.
  • When a bicycle is impounded, the owner is eligible to retrieve it free of charge during the first two weeks after the date of impoundment, if proof of ownership is provided. After two weeks, the owner is subject to a $50 storage fee to be paid upon release. Impounded bikes will be stored for 90 days.

Impounded Bicycles

If you believe your bicycle has been impounded, contact the UCLA Citation Review and Adjudication Office with the description and last known location of the bicycle.  They will confirm possession of the bicycle and arrange for you to retrieve it. 

The following materials must be presented:

  • Valid Photo Identification
  • Proof of ownership of the bicycle (e.g., receipt, registration, key to lock)
  • Storage Fee Amount

To Pay:

Stop by the UCLA Transportation lobby at:

555 Westwood Plaza, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Bicycles may only be released during business hours. UCLA Transportation accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX. No other forms of payment will be accepted. If your bicycle was parked and impounded within the residence halls areas, you may also contact the Covel Commons Front Desk.

Removal of Locks and Locking Devices

Locks or locking devices left on bicycle racks, bicycle lockers, or parking devices not securing a bicycle, or left attached to any handrail, tree, shrubbery, door, signpost, lamp or lamppost, telephone pole, fence or other object not maintained or designated for the purpose of securing bicycles may be removed by authorized University personnel.

Any authorized University personnel may remove the securing mechanism using whatever reasonable measures are necessary to impound the bicycle. The University is not liable for the cost of repair or replacement of any securing device.

Stolen Bicycles

If you suspect your bicycle has been stolen, call the UCLA Police Department at (310) 825-1491 and file a report.


UCLA Transportation

Phone: (310) 794-7433

Address

555 Westwood Plaza, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1360

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Citation Review and Administration

Phone: (310) 825-2029

Address

555 Westwood Plaza, Suite 106
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1354

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Covel Commons Front Desk

Phone: (310) 825-5116

Address

555 Westwood Plaza, Suite 106
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1354

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University Police Department

Phone: (310) 825-1496

Quicksilver Towing, Inc.
Phone: (310) 478-1201