Virginia Commonwealth University encourages the use of bicycles as a convenient, environmentally sound and efficient means of transportation to, from and around campus.
VCU is working to reduce emissions in all areas of campus life as part of its plan to become climate-neutral by 2050. In 2012, and again in 2016, the League of American Bicyclists designated Virginia Commonwealth University as a Bicycle Friendly University at the Silver level. This award is presented only to colleges and universities with remarkable commitments to bicycling.
The continuation of a sustainable bicycle culture depends on those who ride bicycles to exercise good judgment and courtesy while operating or parking their bicycles. According to the Code of Virginia (VA Code 46.2-800 et seq.) bicycles are considered to be vehicles when operated on highways, and therefore subject to the same traffic laws and ordinances as automobiles.
To promote safe and sustainable bicycle use on campus, VCU sets forth requirements in this policy for parking and other use of bicycles on university property. VCU reserves the right to remove any bicycle found in violation of the requirements of this policy and to dispose of it in compliance with Virginia law governing tangible personal property lost or abandoned at an institution of higher education. Va. Code § 23.1-104(B).
Noncompliance with this policy may result in disciplinary action. VCU supports an environment free from retaliation. Retaliation against any employee who brings forth a good faith concern, asks a clarifying question, or participates in an investigation is prohibited.
All members of the university, including faculty, students and staff are responsible for knowing this policy and familiarizing themselves with its contents and provisions.
For the purpose of this policy, a bicycle is abandoned if it has not been moved in 30 days.
A device propelled by human power, upon which a person may ride either on or astride a regular seat attached thereto, having one or more wheels in tandem, including children's bicycles, except a toy vehicle intended for use by young children.
An outdoor structure specifically designed for the parking and/or securing of bicycles.
Impounded bicycles are secured or removed by VCU because they are determined to be abandoned, stolen, or parked in violation of this policy.
A bicycle is considered inoperable when broken and/or missing integral components, including but not limited to wheels, seats, handlebars, chains and other major components, prevent safe usage for the bike operator.
Any area or structure on campus not designed for the parking of bicycles. These areas include, but are not limited to, handicap or building ramps, guide or hand rails, posts, lamps, telephone poles, sculptures, benches, trashcans, trees, shrubbery and any location where an entrance or exit door is blocked.
Any area of VCU that prohibits the use of motorized vehicles by the general public. VCU considers Shafer Court and Linden Court to be a pedestrian way.
RamBikes is the VCU Bicycle Program, managed by the Office of Sustainability. It provides free services for students, faculty and staff and manages many of the aspects detailed in this policy. It is located at 201 North Belvidere. The VCU Bicycle Program will be referred to as RamBikes for the remainder of this document.
A bicycle owned by a student, faculty or staff member that has been registered with the VCU police. Information about how to register a bicycle can be found in the Forms and FAQ section of this policy.
Two chevrons pointing upward away from a bicycle [View Image]These are Shared Roadway Bicycle Markings which are intended to help bicyclists position themselves away from parked cars, to avoid being struck by suddenly opened car doors, and to alert car drivers to expect bicyclists to occupy travel lanes. These markings are also used in situations where it may not be obvious where bicyclists should be riding, such as intersections with multiple turn lanes.
A bicycle is totaled if the cost to repair the bicycle is greater than the original retail value of the bicycle. The cost of the repair in this case will not include labor, as labor is free at RamBikes. Therefore, if the cost of the parts necessary to fix the bicycle are greater than its original retail it shall be considered totaled.
VCU Office of Sustainability officially interprets this policy and is responsible for obtaining approval for any revisions as required by the policy Creating and Maintaining Policies and Procedures through the appropriate governance structures. Please direct policy questions to bicycle program coordinator or director of sustainability.
Any person who desires to park a bicycle on university property must follow these rules:
RamBikes, VCU Police, or Facilities Management Department may remove any bicycle parked in a manner that blocks access to any walkway, entrance or exit, including any emergency exit or accessible entrance, or is abandoned, inoperable, or is reported stolen. Other VCU departments may contact RamBikes to report a bicycle that is inoperable, abandoned, or in violation of this policy at (804) 828-2453. The following rules apply:
The owner of any bicycle that has been impounded must provide the key to the lock that previously secured the bicycle. If the bicycle was not secured with a lock or the owner has lost the key, they will need to provide a description of where the bicycle was left as well as bicycle identification in the form of a VCU bicycle registration, proof of purchase or a description to include manufacturer, model, color, size and/or serial numbers. Upon satisfactory proof of ownership, VCU shall return a claimed bicycle to its owner.
RamBikes will dispose of bicycles not claimed from impound after 120 days in accordance with Code of Virginia, section 23.1-104(B)(2)4, which may include sale, use by VCU or donation to an appropriate charitable organization. When RamBikes removes an abandoned or inoperable bicycle from a university rack the Bicycle Program Coordinator will assess the bicycle and determine its value at the time of purchase, accounting for inflation in value as well. If it is determined that the bicycle is totaled it will remain in storage for a period of only 30 days before it is recycled. If a bicycle is not totaled it will remain in storage for the full period of 120 days.
This policy supersedes the following archived policies:
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Bicycle registration is recommended for all faculty, staff and students who ride or park a bicycle on the VCU campuses. Registering bicycles will help VCU Police identify the owners of bikes if lost, stolen, recovered, or impounded. Registrations are valid for four years.
Visit the VCU Police website for the Registration Form
Call RamBikes at (804) 828-2453 if you think it may have been removed. If it has been stolen, please call the VCU Police Department at (804) 828-1196.
The City of Richmond has its own policies about securing bicycles. If your bike is locked to a tree, it may be removed immediately. If you bicycle is inoperable and locked to city property, it may be removed after three days. Bikes are considered abandoned by the City of Richmond after they are locked to city property for a period of ten consecutive days. It may be removed after this period of time. The City of Richmond holds impounded bicycles for 30 days, during which you may call and retrieve it at (804) 646-6727. After 30 days, your bicycle may be sold or donated to a non-profit organization.
Call the VCU Police Department at (804) 828-1196.
VCU students, faculty and staff may donate their gently used bikes (e.g. cruisers, road, mountain and BMX bikes) to RamBikes at 201 N. Belvidere Street. A RamBikes technician will carefully evaluate the condition of each donated bike. Bikes determined to be in good condition may be cleaned and refurbished. Bikes determined to be in poor condition are dismantled and usable parts are salvaged. For more information about this service contact VCU RamBikes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 828-BIKE.
RamBikes, located at 201 North Belvidere Street, offers a full-service bike shop where students, faculty and staff can repair their bikes themselves or get assistance from the experienced staff. RamBikes also offers free commuter bike rental, educational workshops on riding and bike maintenance, group rides and information about bike education and advocacy in Richmond. Students will have to provide their own replacement parts if necessary. For more information about these services contact VCU RamBikes at email@example.com or at (804) 828-BIKE. You can also visit https://bikes.vcu.edu/.
The Outdoor Adventure Program, located at 301 South Linden Street, offers low cost rentals of road and mountain bikes to all members of RecSports. Bicycle tools and repair are available, as well as educational workshops and road and mountain group rides. Customers will need to provide their own replacement parts if necessary. For more information about these services contact the Outdoor Adventure Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (804) 828-6004. You can also visit https://recsports.vcu.edu/programs/outdoor-adventure-program/bike-shop/.
VCU’s Fixit Bike Self-Repair Stands provide another measure of reliability to VCU bike commuters. For bicycle commuters who need to make minor adjustments or repairs, tools suspended from cables at each of these stands are free and simple to use and available 24 hours a day/seven days a week. They are conveniently located on either campus and are easily accessed by a short walk. These stands are maintained by RamBikes and their locations can be found by visiting bikes.vcu.edu.