Bicycles and Mopeds
Bicycle parking is located throughout the campus and is designated by the presence of racks or designated bicycle parking areas.
Self-Service Bike Repair Stations
Self-service bike repair stations have been installed in 3 convenient locations on the UNCW campus:
- NW corner of Fisher Student Center
- At the main entrance of Randall Library
- In front of Wagoner Hall
Bicycle and Moped Registration
Bicycle and moped registration is provided FREE by the University Police Department. Registration will help to identify your bicycle in the event your bike is stolen.
Moped Definition: North Carolina General Statute 105-164.3 (22) defines a moped as a vehicle that meets ALL of the following requirements:
- A vehicle that has two or three wheels
- It has no external shifting device
- It has a motor that does not exceed 50cc's piston displacement AND cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a level surface. (Electric motors do not satisfy this requirement since there is no piston displacement.)
To operate a moped, the driver must be 16 year of age or older, but no driver's license is required. The driver and any passenger must wear a DOT approved helmet. (Bicycle helmets do not satisfy this requirement.)
If the vehicle does not meet ALL of the requirements above, the vehicle is not a moped.
Motorcycles must be registered with the NCDMV, insured and inspected. Also, the driver is required to have a valid driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement. If you drive a motorcycle on the UNCW campus, you will need a separate UNCW motorcycle permit, which will be issued at no cost as long as you have a valid parking permit. Contact Parking & Transportation to obtain a motorcycle permit.
General Bicycle Information
In North Carolina, a bicycle is considered a vehicle. As such, N.C. traffic laws require bicyclists to:
- Ride on the right in the same direction as other traffic.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Use hand signals to communicate intended movements.
- Equip their bicycles with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a taillight or rear reflector that is visible from a distance of 200 feet when riding at night.
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Be subject to DWI and Careless and Reckless Driving laws.
Regulations Concerning the Use of Bicycles and Mopeds on Campus
When riding on campus streets, operators of bicycles and mopeds must abide by the rules of UNCW Parking & Transportation Regulations, which are in effect at all times.
Bicycles or mopeds may not be chained or otherwise secured to handrails or traffic signs, or placed in any manner which may create a safety hazard by obstructing passageways, stairs, entrances or exits.
Bicycles impeding pedestrian traffic including access for the disabled may be impounded without prior notification and an impoundment fee of $25 will be charged.
Bicycles and mopeds parked or operated in violation of the Parking & Transportation Regulations are subject to a $25 fine. Fines are assessed and collected through established university debt collection procedures. Fines may be paid at the University Cashier’s Office.
The Department of University Police has the authority to use whatever means necessary to impound illegally parked bicycles and mopeds; locks and chains are removed at the owner’s expense. The university will not be held liable for bikes or securing devices (locks) which are damaged during impoundment. Proof of ownership is required to claim impounded bicycles or mopeds. Unclaimed bicycles and mopeds are disposed of in accordance with the North Carolina General Statutes. Violators of this policy will be issued a campus citation set at $25 plus any damages.
Bicycles are removed annually to make sure there is ample space for current students and their bicycles, to avoid hazards resulting from broken bikes and to keep the campus attractive to prospective students and guests.
In the academic area, bicycles that are damaged or missing parts will be removed. Bicycles located in Seahawk Village, Seahawk Landing, and Seahawk Crossing will be picked up if they are damaged or missing parts. In all other residential areas, all bicycles, regardless of condition, will be removed unless the owner has made prior arrangements with University Police.
If you do not wish your bicycle to be removed, contact University Police to obtain an identification device for your bike to prevent its removal.
Under North Carolina law, unclaimed bicycles are donated to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization after a designated waiting period.