Our Mission

RecycleThe mission of the Bicycle Recycling and Processing Program (BRPP) is to promote sustainability on campus by breaking down barriers to cycling. We do this by ensuring ample parking space on campus, creating an environment where affiliates and guests feel as though their bikes will be safe while locked up on campus, and by providing affordable bikes to CU affiliates.

What We Do

The BRPP is responsible for removing abandoned bikes from the racks on campus. By removing these abandoned bikes we are able to ensure ample bike parking for affiliates who are actively using their bikes. 

Since the Environmental Center took over this program in 2015 we clear on average over 700 abandoned bikes from campus a year, which has greatly freed up rack parking space.

Having clean racks also deters bike theft, this is because abandoned and vandalized bikes attract thieves. After abandoned bikes are impounded they are held for 2-3 months to give owners a chance to claim their bikes before they become university property. After the holding period the bikes are given a chance at a new life; many of them are refurbished and sold at our annual fall sale. The bikes which we are not able to refurbish for sale are donated to other non-profit organizations, or they are recycled. In 2015, we refurbished around 125 bikes, donated over 50 bikes to non-profits and recycled around 80 bikes. That’s around 9,150 lbs of bike waste diverted from the landfill.

Refurbished Bike

I need my lock cut

The Mobile Mechanic lock cut service is avaialble for those students or campus affiliates who need a lock cut off of their bike. The bike must be located on campus. If the bike is located off campus, you will need to contact a locksmith. Please allow 72 hours for a response. If your need is more immediate please contact a local locksmith. The bike must be registered to use this service. If your bike isn't registered, please register before your appointment and we will bring you the decal. 

Lock Cut Request Form

Wondering what happened to your bike?

Bike missing from campus? Fill out a missing bike inquiry form and we will check our database to see if it was impounded. We will do our best to respond within 72 hours.

Missing Bike Inquiry Form

I want a bike removed that is blocking disability access

Send us an e-mail to bicycle@colorado.edu with location and bike description. If the locked bike is blocking access for those with disabilities and needs to be cut after regular business hours contact CUPD at 303-492-6666.


Contact the bicycle program with questions or comments at bicycle@colorado.edu.