Efforts in Cooperation with the City of Boston

Boston University has partnered with the City of Boston to keep bicycle racks and public structures free of abandoned and illegally parked bicycles. To facilitate this process, Boston University has agreed to adhere to the City of Boston’s enforcement policies with respect to bicycles locked to public structures or left abandoned on adjacent city property.

Bicycle Parking on Public Property

Bicycles may be secured to a Public Property Bicycle Rack for a period of up to seventy-two (72) consecutive hours. Public Property Bicycle Racks are not available for the permanent storage of bicycles. Public Property Bicycle Racks include the black two-bike-capacity racks (loop-style) along the length of Commonwealth Ave. Bicycles secured to these racks for more than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours are subject to the tagging procedures described on the Charles River Campus Bicycle Policy page.

Under no circumstances shall a bicycle obstruct the pedestrian or wheelchair path of travel or any fire hydrant, bus stop, or handicap-access ramp. A parked bicycle must leave at least thirty-six (36) inches of obstruction-free path of travel. Whenever possible, the bicycle must be secured such that it is parallel to pedestrian traffic flow.

Bicycles may be secured to bicycle racks; however, they may not be secured to the following:

  • Benches
  • Bus stops
  • Electric traffic signal poles
  • Fire hydrants
  • Handrails
  • Parking meters
  • Police and fire call boxes
  • Sign posts
  • Trash receptacles
  • Trees