Cycle Parking Policies

Policy on Inappropriately Parked Bicycles (External)

Policy on Inappropriately Parked Bicycles (Internal)

Policy on Removal of Bicycles Suspected of Being Abandoned

Inappropriately Parked Bicycles Which Create a Hazard or Obstruction (External Areas)

The aim of this policy is to discourage people from parking their bicycles in areas which create a hazard or obstruction, such as a bicycle parked in a fire exit. If bicycles are parked in an area which creates a hazard or obstruction then the University has a policy and procedure in place for the removal of the bicycles and for owners of these bicycles to retrieve them.

Please be assured that the University is not planning on removing bicycles which are parked in areas which are not official cycle parking facilities unless they create a hazard or obstruction (such being parked in a fire exit).

This policy (and the accompanying procedure) is applicable to all University of Bristol sites.

Inappropriately parked bicycles which create a hazard or obstruction are defined as those which are parked in areas or in such a way that they create a hazard or obstruction. For example:

  1. Fire exits
  2. Ramps (including disability ramps)
  3. External stair rails. 
  4. External fire routes
  5. Building entrances and exits.

Bicycle owners are responsible for parking their bicycles with care so as to not create a hazard or obstruction. It is advised that if you are unsure if parking your bicycle in a location or in a way will create a hazard or obstruction then you are advised to not park in that location.

Please note that the University has a duty to maintain safe premises and if necessary will , and is legally permitted to, remove bicycles which are parked in areas which they are not permitted to (as detailed above) even if no signage is present and without notice.

Process for retrieving bicycles removed by the University:

  1. Contact Security Services on 0117 928 7848 during business hours (8am - 4pm)
  2. Bicycle owners will be asked by Security Services to give a description of their bicycle, such as colour(s)/make/any distinguishing features, frame number (if known), Bike Register number (if present) which security Services will compare to the incident report (which holds all these details, including a photo of the bicycle before it was removed) before Security Services authorises the return of the bicycle.
  3. The bicycle owner will be fined a minimum charge of £30 for contravening this policy, payable either via the University’s online shop (http://bit.do/UoBfine) or to Security Services. 
  4. Whilst every care will be taken not to damage the bicycle, the University accepts no responsibility for any damage to the bicycle either before or after removal (including during storage).
  5. Security Services will inform the University’s Sustainability team (who store the removed bicycles). Sustainability will then arrange a mutually convenient time for the retrieval of the bicycle.
  6. If in order to remove your bicycle your lock has been cut, you will not be reimbursed for the cost of the lock and you will not be provided with a replacement.
  7. Bicycles will be stored by the University for one month only, at which time if unclaimed it will be donated to charity such as Lifecycle UK for reuse or recycling. This is the legal position of this policy and no other method of disposal of bicycles will be entered into.

The copy of the policy on the Transport Plan website will always be the current and up to date version. Sustainability (Transport) will hold the current and up to date version of the procedure and can be requested by staff involved in delivering this policy can request a copy of the procedure from the University’s Transport team, by emailing transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk

The following key stakeholders have been jointly involved in developing this policy and the accompanying procedure:

Sustainability have given final approval for this policy and procedure.

Any queries regarding this policy should be directed to the Sustainability (Transport), transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk

This policy will be reviewed again in November 2016.

Policy on Inappropriately Parked Bicycles Which Pose Health and Safety Risks (Internal Areas)

The aim of this policy is to discourage people from parking their bicycles in areas which create a hazard or obstruction, such as a bicycle parked in a fire exit. If bicycles are parked in an area which creates a hazard or obstruction then the University has a policy and procedure in place for the removal of the bicycles and for owners of these bicycles to retrieve them.

Please be assured that the University is not planning on removing bicycles which are parked in areas which are not official cycle parking facilities unless they create a hazard or obstruction (such being parked in a fire exit).

This policy (and the accompanying procedure) is applicable to all University of Bristol sites.

Inappropriately parked bicycles which create a hazard or obstruction are defined as those which are parked in areas or in such a way that they create a hazard or obstruction. For example, if bicycles are parked in stairwells and corridors which building users have a duty to keep clear. 

Bicycle owners are responsible for parking their bicycles with care so as to not create a hazard or obstruction. It is advised that if you are unsure if parking your bicycle in a location or in a way will create a hazard or obstruction then you are advised to not park in that location.

Please note that the University has a duty to maintain safe premises and if necessary will , and is legally permitted to, remove bicycles which are parked in areas which they are not permitted to (as detailed above) even if no signage is present and without notice.

Process for retrieving bicycles removed by the University:

  1. Contact Security Services on 0117 928 7848 during business hours (8am - 4pm)
  2. Bicycle owners will be asked by Security Services to give a description of their bicycle, such as colour(s)/make/any distinguishing features, frame number (if known), Bike Register number (if present) which security Services will compare to the incident report (which holds all these details, including a photo of the bicycle before it was removed) before Security Services authorises the return of the bicycle.
  3. The bicycle owner will be fined a minimum charge of £30 for contravening this policy, payable either via the University’s online shop (http://bit.do/UoBfine) or to Security Services. 
  4. Whilst every care will be taken not to damage the bicycle, the University accepts no responsibility for any damage to the bicycle either before or after removal (including during storage).
  5. Security Services will inform the University’s Sustainability team (who store the removed bicycles). Sustainability will then arrange a mutually convenient time for the retrieval of the bicycle.
  6. If in order to remove your bicycle your lock has been cut, you will not be reimbursed for the cost of the lock and you will not be provided with a replacement.
  7. Bicycles will be stored by the University for one month only, at which time if unclaimed it will be donated to charity such as Lifecycle UK for reuse or recycling. This is the legal position of this policy and no other method of disposal of bicycles will be entered into.

The copy of the policy on the Transport Plan website will always be the current and up to date version. Sustainability (Transport) will hold the current and up to date version of the procedure and can be requested by staff involved in delivering this policy can request a copy of the procedure from the University’s Transport team, by emailing transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk

The following key stakeholders have been jointly involved in developing this policy and the accompanying procedure:

Sustainability have given final approval for this policy and procedure.

Any queries regarding this policy should be directed to the Sustainability (Transport), transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk

This policy will be reviewed again in November 2016.

FAQs Relating to the Policies and Procedures for Inappropriately Parked Bicycles (PDF, 68kB)

Policy on Removal of Bicycles Suspected of Being Abandoned

Policy

The aim of this policy is to ensure that valuable space is not taken up by abandoned bicycles in University owned bicycle parking facilities. University bicycle parking facilities are for active users only; they are not for long term storage.

Bicycles left unused for prolonged periods (a minimum of one month) will be identified for removal and a tagged. The tag will note the date the bicycle was tagged. Unless the tag is removed (signifying the bicycle is not abandoned) the bicycle will be removed by the University’s Facilities Management team after a minimum of one month. The bicycles details will be recorded (incl. frame number) and photographed and (before and after removal).

Bicycles claimed by users who have had their bicycle removed after it has been tagged as abandoned and remained static for one month will be charged a £30 retrieval fee. Owners of locks broken to remove bicycles which have remained static for a month will not be reimbursed.

These bicycles will then be stored by the University in an appropriate storage area for a minimum of two months before being sent to a charity such as Lifecycle for reuse orrecycling.

Records of bicycles held in storage will be kept by the Security team and Travel team.

This policy is applicable to all cycle parking facilities on all University of Bristol sites.

Process for retrieving bicycles removed by the University:

  1. Contact Security Services on 0117 928 7848 during business hours (8am - 4pm)
  2. Bicycle owners will be asked by Security Services to give a description of their bicycle,such as colour(s)/make/ distinguishing features, frame number (if known), Bike Register  number (if present) which security Services will compare to the University Abandoned Bicycle database (which holds all these details, including a photo of the bicycle before it was removed) before Security Services authorises the return of the bicycle.
  3. The bicycle owner will be fined a minimum charge of £30 for contravening this policy, payable either via the University’s online shop (http://bit.do/UoBfine) or to Security Services.
  4. Whilst every care will be taken not to damage the bicycle, the University accepts no responsibility for any damage to the bicycle either before or after removal (including during storage).
  5. Security Services will inform the University’s Sustainability team (who store the removed bicycles). Sustainability will then arrange a mutually convenient time for the retrieval of the bicycle.
  6. If in order to remove your bicycle your lock has been cut, you will not be reimbursed for the cost of the lock and you will not be provided with a replacement.
  7. Bicycles will be stored by the University for two months only, at which time if unclaimed it will be donated to charity such as Lifecycle UK for reuse or recycling.
  8. This is the legal position of this policy and no other method of disposal of bicycles will be entered into.

The copy of the policy on the Transport Plan website will always be the current and up to date version. Sustainability (Transport) will hold the current and up to date version of the procedure and can be requested by staff involved in delivering this policy can request a copy of the procedure from the University’s Transport team, by emailing transportplan@bristol.ac.uk

The following key stakeholders have been jointly involved in developing this policy:

Sustainability have given final approval for this policy.

Any queries regarding this policy or to report an abandoned bicycle(s) should be directed to Sustainability (Transport).
Email: transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk

This policy will be reviewed again in November 2017.

Abandoned Bicycles Policy FAQs (PDF, 198kB)