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Riding a bike is one of the best ways to get around campus. If you choose to bike, and we hope you do, remember your bike is a vehicle. Just like a motorist, it is your responsibility to learn and obey the rules that apply to you as a cyclist.

End-of-Semester Bike Donation Station

Instead of leaving an unwanted bike behind, donate it! The University of Kentucky encourages students to donate their unwanted bicycles instead of leaving them at racks on campus. Doing so helps expedite the abandoned bike process and frees up space on campus bike racks. Bikes donated through this process will go to the Lexington Fire Department for their annual toy drive, become part of the Wildcat Wheels program or go to UK Surplus, depending on their condition.

Pick up a Bicycle Donation Waiver and bike donation marker at your residence hall’s front desk. Tie the marker to your locked bike, and put the completed form and your bike lock key in an envelope and drop it in the green donation bin.

If you would like to keep your bike lock, drop your bike off at the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library, in the basement of Blazer Hall, during the following windows:

    Monday, May 2      4 p.m. -- 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 3     4 p.m. -- 7 p.m.
    Wednesday, May 4    4 p.m. -- 7 p.m.
    Thursday, May 5     4 p.m. -- 7 p.m.
    Friday, May 6        noon -- 3 p.m.

Share The Road

Lexington and the University of Kentucky have partnered with the Share the Road campaign, which promotes safe and courteous interactions between bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. The safety blitz will help educate cyclists about riding skills when biking alongside motor vehicles and pedestrians, and the use of proper cycling safety gear and equipment. Learn more at


Bicycle Parking

Bicycle racks must be used at all times, and are located near most residence halls and classroom buildings. If you notice a need for more bike parking in a particular area of campus, submit a request via the Bike Rack Request Form.

Bicycle Registration

University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services strongly encourages all members of the campus community who plan to park their bicycle on campus to obtain and display a valid bicycle permit.

This includes the following groups:

  • Full-time, part-time and temporary employees
  • Full-time and part-time students
  • Children of UK students and employees who park a child’s bicycle on campus
  • Visitors to campus

Bicycle permits are free of charge. Bike owners should have the following information on hand when applying: serial number, bicycle color(s) and name brand/manufacturer. Bike permits are decals which should be adhered to the seat tube, approximately 8 inches from the bottom, facing the front of the bicycle.

Bicycle registration is voluntary, but members of the campus cycling community are highly encouraged to registered their bicylces to take advantage of the following benefits to cyclists. A UK bicycle permit:

  • Acts as a visible theft deterrent; similar programs on other campuses have decreased bicycle thefts.
  • Can potentially reduce costs to cyclists. If your bike is registered and it is illegally parked or appears to be abandoned, PTS can contact you directly in certain situations using the information provided during registration, rather than impounding your bicycle and cutting the lock. Proof of registration can also be helpful if you want to file an insurance claim on your stolen bike.
  • Aids in theft recovery. PTS can flag your bike as stolen, provide you with your serial number and look for your bike – all provided it is registered with our department.
  • Assists with campus and local bicycle education outreach programs, including, but not limited to, the PTS Bicycle E-News email newsletter.

Online Registration

Bike permits are now available online. Once the customer has signed into the Parking Account Manager, you will see “Purchase Permit” available in the menu (near the bottom). Click on that and follow the directions on the next screen. This should take you to a page which allows you to select a bike permit. If you have more than one bike that you wish to register, you may do so at this time. Upon completion of the application, PTS will mail the permit out to the customer.

Please note that processing and delivery for online applications may take up to one week. Permits may also be obtained in person at the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6) or South Limestone Garage (PS #5).

Finding Your Serial Number

Click here for some common places to find the serial number on your bicycle.

Permit Holders’ Rights & Responsibilities


Bicycle permits are registered to the bicycle; bicycle permit holders may not transfer the permit to another bicycle. It is responsibility of the registrant to notify PTS of any transfer in ownership of the bicycle. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure that the permit is properly displayed. Permit holders are responsible for citation and/or impoundment fees tied to their permit.

It is the responsibility of all individuals operating any vehicle - motorized or non-motorized to read and understand the Parking & Permit Regulations. Ignorance of these regulations will not be accepted as grounds for dismissal of enforcement actions.

Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library

If you need to borrow a bicycle, please visit the Wildcat Wheels Bike Library. Bike checkout is free with UK faculty, staff, or student ID.

Still Have Questions?

Visit our Bicycle FAQ Page or e-mail