Bikes on Campus


Temporary Student Bicycle Storage

Transportation & Traffic Management (TTM) is happy to assist students who are unable to take their bikes with them during Summer Semester and need a bicycle storage option until Autumn Semester resumes. To help protect bicycles that need to be left on campus for an extended period of time, TTM can store a limited number of bikes in a locked, indoor storage room for pickup when students return to campus in August.

If you are interested in having your bicycle placed in temporary storage, please complete the form below.

View Temporary Bicycle Storage Authorization Form

Bike Racks

Bike racks are located throughout campus, providing cyclists with a convenient place to secure their bikes. Bicycles should be locked to a bike rack using a u-bolt lock and cable combination. Please do not lock your bike to fences, signposts, disability ramps, stair railings, or trees.

Bikes locked in places other than bike racks may impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic and are subject to impoundment.

If you would like to park your bike at a building that doesn't have available bike parking, please send us an email to request a bike rack at


Bike Lockers

While bike racks are located throughout campus, providing cyclists with a convenient place to secure their bikes, the university also provides a limited number of bike lockers to the community. 


All 16 bicycle lockers are fully enclosed and made of durable stainless steel, offering protection from inclement weather. There is also room for your helmet, riding shoes, and other accessories.


Bike lockers are located east of the Lane Avenue Parking Garage, just north of the Fisher College of Business.


Locker rentals are $10 per month or $100 per year, payable in advance. Minimum rental period is 3 months. A refundable deposit of $40 will be charged for the key and lock core.

Customer Eligibility

All university affiliates, including students, faculty, and staff, are eligible to rent a bike locker.

How to Rent

Completed the bike locker application and rental agreement and make your payment.

Please note that bike lockers are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. If lockers are unavailable at the time of request, your name will be added to a waitlist until a locker becomes available.

Bike Locker Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions

Please read all  bike locker rental agreement terms and conditions before renting a bike locker.

Bug Your Bike

Bike registration is strongly encouraged. Not only is it free, but a registered bike that is lost or stolen is more likely to be found and returned.

The Ohio State University, the City of Columbus, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) have teamed up to expand the campus Bug Your Bike bicycle registration program city-wide. The City of Columbus Bug Your Bike program, which includes bicycle registration and a radio frequency identification device (RFID) for bicycles, is free. A registered bicycle that is lost or stolen is more likely to be found and returned. Registration can be completed online at or during select cycling / special events on campus.

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Bicycle Lock Cut Request Form

Transportation & Traffic Management can assist you if your bicycle lock is jammed, broken, or if you lost your key, and your bicycle is located on The Ohio State University Columbus campus. Please complete the form to submit a request for a bicycle lock cut.

View Bicycle Lock Cut Request Form

Removal and Impoundment


In order to keep bike racks free from abandoned bikes, bikes are "tagged" and impounded regularly throughout the year. If bikes are left unattended for an extended period of time, it is presumed that they have been abandoned. To let bike owners know that their bike is considered abandoned and may be impounded, Transportation and Traffic Management hangs a bright tag on the bike's handlebars, indicating that the bike must be moved by a specific date. Abandoned and illegally parked bikes often impede pedestrian traffic and prevent routine maintenance in the area and/or reduce the number of available bike rack storage spaces. Please note that this also includes the summer, so students, faculty, and staff who do leave during this time are asked to find an alternate location to store their bikes for the summer. Bikes left during this time that are not moved will be tagged and then impounded by the date listed on the tag. 

Please note that the locks have been cut during impoundment and a new lock will be needed. In addition, bikes are held for 90 days, but if unclaimed, then become eligible for disposal. For additional information, please visit bike impoundment.