A voluntary free registration program is offered to all university students, faculty and staff. Registration offers the following advantages: 

  • Assists in the identification of lost or stolen bicycles; 
  • Serves as a deterrent to theft; 
  • Reduces/eliminates the need to immobilize/impound illegally parked bicycles. 

You can register your bike online with Parking and Transportation Department. Required information includes: 

  • Owner’s name, address and University I.D. number (if applicable) 
  • Bicycle description - Make, Model, Color 
  • Manufacturer’s identification number (serial number) 

Registration is complete when the registration decal is permanently and visibly affixed to the bicycle’s seat tube or the diagonal down tube. Valid Iowa City and Coralville registration decals will be accepted in lieu of a University registration if the decals are affixed and visible on the bicycles. Change in bicycle ownership must be reported to the Parking and Transportation office in order to update registration records.  To report a change in bicycle ownership, please complete the Report of Bicycle Transfer Form.  

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Operating Regulations

Campus bicycle operating regulations are in Chapter 40 of the University Operations Manual.  Bicyclists should operate their bicycles in a responsible and courteous manner and observe the operating regulations. The University Department of Public Safety enforces these regulations through the issuance of citations and fines.  

When operating on public streets, bicycles are considered vehicles by the Iowa Code and should be operated in accordance with all traffic laws. For more information, contact the University Department of Public Safety, or the Iowa City and Coralville Police departments.  

Parking Regulations

Campus bicycle parking regulations are in Chapter 40 of the University Operations Manual and in Parking and Transportation Regulations.  The Parking and Transportation Department enforces these regulations. 

Please note that bicycles should park at provided bicycle racks and must not be:   

  • Parked inside University buildings. 
  • Attached to or rested against trees or shrubs. 
  • Attached to or rested against signs, handrails, or handicap parking meters. 
  • Attached to or rested against street furniture. 
  • Parked in a manner, which limits access to, or use of any University facility or safety device. 
  • Parked in specifically prohibited parking areas. 

Iowa City Regulations

Iowa City and the University of Iowa have similar bicycle regulations; however, there are a few key differences. Below are some key regulations to know when you are on the City of Iowa City property. See the City Code of Iowa City located on the City of Iowa City website for a full set of bicycle regulations.  

  • Bicycles are prohibited from riding upon the downtown pedestrian mall or upon the sidewalk in the commercial district, including the central business district. 
  • You must have a headlight on your bicycle if you are riding between the hours of sunset and sunrise. 
  • If you are within 300 feet of a bicycle rack, you must park at that rack 

Bicycle Safety Tips


  • Ride predictably 
  • Ride as the operator of a vehicle 
  • Wear a bicycle helmet 
  • Respect the pedestrian right of way 
  • Follow the traffic laws 
  • Share the road and walkways