Transport & Parking

Abandoned bikes

The University remove abandoned bikes from within and around University property.

Abandoned bikes take up valuable bike parking space at the University's sites.

With the support of Lothian and Borders Police the University removes abandoned bikes from within and around University property.

Process before removal

Bikes which appear to have been abandoned will be tagged with a notice advising that if the bike is not claimed within two weeks it will be uplifted.

The owners of bikes which have wrongly been identified as abandoned are asked to contact the Transport and Parking Office.

Process after removal

Bikes which have not been claimed after two weeks will be removed by the University and put into secure storage.

The University will advise Lothian and Borders Police of the full details of all bikes removed and put into storage.

The bikes will remain in storage for a period of not less than two months to allow adequate time for owners to come forward and claim their bike.

If no claim of ownership is received within two months the property will thereafter default to the ownership of the University of Edinburgh under Section 73 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act, 1982.

The University of Edinburgh will dispose of the bikes as they see fit. It is likely that they will be donated to The Bike Station for recycling.

The process of removing abandoned bikes will be ongoing. If you are aware of a bike which appears to have been abandoned please get in touch with the Transport and Parking Office.

Transport and Parking Office

  • Estates Department

Contact details



13 Infirmary Street

Post Code


  • Monday to Friday: 08:45 - 16:30
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed