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Washington Administrative Code

Title 478 WAC – University of Washington


Chapter 478–116 WAC: Parking and Traffic Rules of the University of Washington, Seattle

WAC 478–116–365: Nonmotorized vehicles--Impoundment of bicycles.


(1) Bicycles parked in violation of WAC 478-116-199 will be subject to seizure and impoundment by the university.

(2) Except as provided by WAC 478-116-199(2), a bicycle abandoned or parked on campus, other than at residential halls, for fourteen consecutive days or longer is presumed abandoned and is subject to seizure and impoundment by the university. Bicycles remaining at resident halls once the school year ends will be presumed abandoned and are subject to seizure and impoundment by the university. A bicycle will not be considered abandoned when the owner/operator is unable to remove it and so notifies UWPD. A bicycle that has been obviously stripped or vandalized may be immediately impounded.

(3) Owners of impounded bicycles, if identifiable, will be notified as soon as reasonably possible after impoundment and must reclaim their bicycle within fifteen consecutive days. All fines, fees, and the impoundment fee must be paid prior to the release of the bicycle. Bicycles unclaimed after sixty consecutive days will be subject to sale through the university surplus property department.

(4) The university and its officers, agents, and employees shall not be liable for loss or damage of any kind resulting from impoundment, storage, or sale of any item under this section.

(5) Impoundment or sale of any bicycle under this section shall neither substitute for, or release, any person from liability for damage to persons or property caused by the use of a bicycle, nor does it remove the obligation for any fines associated with the violation or other outstanding citations. Any proceeds resulting from the sale of a bicycle though the university surplus department will be credited toward the outstanding fee associated with the impoundment of that bicycle.

(6) Any person seeking to redeem a bicycle impounded under this chapter has the right to contest the validity of the impoundment and the amount of applicable fees and shall have the bicycle released upon establishing ownership, requesting a review provided in WAC 478-116-415, and paying any outstanding fines or storage charges.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.560 and 28B.20.130. 11-13-058, § 478-116-365, filed 6/14/11, effective 8/8/11.]