MU Impounding Improperly-Parked Bikes

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COLUMBIA - MU Campus Facilities began helping MUPD impound illegally-parked bikes on Monday.

For the last few weeks, people who chained their bikes to light poles, hand rails, trees and other unapproved spots have found a warning card on their bikes.

Starting Monday, MU Landscaping Services, along with the MU Sustainability Office, began impounding those bikes.

According to the Mizzou "M Book" policy manual, people must park bikes in or adjacent to bicycle racks.

Campus officials said bikes can pose a safety hazard, especially those that block ramps for people with disabilities.

MUPD and Campus Facilities take impounded bikes to MU's surplus property.

MUPD holds impounded bikes for 60 days, after which MU sells them at a public auction held every three to four weeks.