Grab a green tag: Annual Abandoned Bike Roundup begins

Girl and Louie riding yellow bikes on pedway

As the spring semester wraps up, Capital Planning and Campus Operations will hold the annual Abandoned Bike Roundup to collect bikes left behind by students.

The goal of the program is to reduce bike thefts over the summer by rounding up abandoned bikes. To avoid a bike accidentally being collected, the bike owner must place a green tag on the bike through mid-May. Green tags are free and can be picked up at the front desk of University Union or University Transit Services.

If a student has a bike currently on a campus bike rack and is unable to remove it, the following options are available by calling Property Surplus at (928) 523-4163.

  1. The bike can be stored over the summer until the owner returns in the fall. NAU staff will locate the bike with information the owner provides and will store it in an alternate location on campus.
  2. If the owner is no longer interested in keeping the bike, NAU staff can remove it from the bike racks and process it in accordance with abandoned property procedures.
  3. The bike, with a green tag, can remain in its current bike rack location. Please note that NAUPD has received stolen bike reports in past summers. If the owner does not plan to remove the bike, the first option is encouraged.

Any remaining bikes without green tags placed by the owner or NAU staff will be considered abandoned and will be removed from bike racks. Questions about the bike roundup should be directed to University Transit Services by emailing or by calling (928) 523-6623.

Bikes that have been collected are held for a 30-day period before being sold through Property Surplus. If a bike is picked up by mistake, the owner should contact Property Surplus at (928) 523-4163. Follow-up questions should be directed to More information can be found on the NAU Property Surplus Facebook page.