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Hawk Wheels Bike Support

Hawk Wheels Bike Support is a service offered through Alternative Transportation. The goal is to educate and support the UNCW cycling community and assist with simple repairs and tips on maintaining their own bicycle. With about any tool, one would need to repair their bike, students, faculty, and staff can come into the shop and be assisted by a Hawk Wheels Operative to assess and repair their bike. Parts needed to make repairs such as tubes, tires, chains, etc. should be purchased off campus and brought into the shop to be used for the bicycle repair needed. Hawk Wheels is also available for any customer service needs for bicycle safety education, Hawk Wheels bike rental and bicycle registration.

Hawk Wheels Bike Support Hours

Fall 2022 Semester Hours
Monday - Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon)

We invite you to come to Hawk Wheels Bike Support during regular hours for bike repairs, bike registration, bike assembly, and more! Bike shop services are free to all UNCW students. Please email bikes@uncw.edu with any questions or comments.

Bicycle Registration, Repair, and Laws

Bicycle registration is mandatory at UNCW. The owner of a bike that will be utilized on the UNCW campus can bring the bike to the Hawk Wheels Bike Support for registration. The bike and the owner must be present to properly register the bike.

A bike in good condition can be beneficial on the UNCW campus. Our Hawk Wheels Bike Support is available to assist with minor bike repairs. This service is brought to you through Alternative Transportation and is offered at no cost to students, faculty, and staff. A bike in good repair is a bike that you can depend on!

Know your laws. The state of North Carolina has laws that pertain to bicycle operations in the state. We encourage you to review these laws prior to operating a bike in the state of North Carolina. We also encourage you to review the UNCW policies that regulate the operations of bikes on campus.  

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How to Register Your Bike

Bicycle registration is mandatory and FREE:

  1. Please bring your bike to the Hawk Wheels Bike Shop located in the HUB.
  2. Hawk Wheels Bike Support will assist you in getting your bike registered.
  3. Your registration will be effective for the entire time you are with UNCW.
(Please Note: You cannot register your bicycle unless you have the physical bicycle with you upon arrival at the Hawk Wheels Bike Support.)

To Register Your Bike You Will Need:

  • Bike Make
  • Bike Model
  • Serial Number

If your bike is stolen, use the alert feature on the 529 Garage app to notify the community. You should also go directly to the University Police to file an official report. 

Why Register Your Bike?

  1. To deter theft. A bike that is registered is less likely to get stolen.
  2. To prove it is yours! In the event that your bicycle goes missing, registration is the only real way to prove that it belongs to you.
  3. To stay connected. If your bicycle is parked somewhere it should not be and needs to be moved or if it is recovered by campus police, there is no way to contact you if your bike is not registered.

Bicycle Care


  • Use a kickstand so your bike doesn't fall over
  • Lock your bike by the frame! Do not lock your bike by the wheel
  • Only lock your bike to a designated bike rack
  • Take your bike inside over holidays when class is not in session
  • Clean and lubricate your bike's chain and gears regularly to avoid rust and build-up. This maintenance is especially important due to the salty Wilmington air.

Each time before you ride make sure:

  1. The tires have enough air
  2. The brakes work (cables aren't stretched and brake levers are stern)
  3. Items such as the chain and gear are in good working order

Reasons to Ride

  • Just three hours of bicycling per week can reduce a person's risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%
  • A few trips every week made on a bike instead of in a car can save you money on gas and reduce the wear and tear on your car
  • Over 70% of CO2 emissions are contributed to fossil-fueled transportation
  • Traffic congestion causes 4.8 billion hours of delay annually, and 3.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel, totaling $115 billion of wasted gasoline
  • It's Free!
  • Get places quickly and more conveniently

Bike at sunrise

Tips for Being a Safe Cyclist

  1. Obey traffic signals
  2. Ride WITH traffic, as far to the right as possible
  3. Don't ride on the sidewalk
  4. Be predictable and visible
  5. Do not wear headphones
  6. Wear a helmet
  7. Use bike lights
  8. Avoid biking near parked cars

Bicycle Laws

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 in low light conditions.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Be subject to DWI and Careless and Reckless Driving laws

End the Cycle

Bikes racks are available on campus.

If you have a bicycle on campus, only lock it to a bike rack. Please help us "end the cycle" of bicycles being locked to handrails, light poles, trees, signs, benches, etc. If you don't see one available, look for one - most buildings have bike racks located on the side entrances and exits. If your bike is locked to a handrail, call box, or if it is blocking any pedestrian access, the bicycle could be impounded without warning.


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 administrative fee of $25 will be charged.

UNCW has the authority to use whatever means necessary to impound illegally parked bicycles; locks and chains are removed at the owner's expense. The university will not be held liable for bikes or securing devices (locks) that are damaged during impoundment. Proof of ownership is required to claim impounded bicycles. Unclaimed bicycles are disposed of in accordance with the North Carolina General Statutes. 

Wheel It or Deal It

Every year at UNCW 600 bicycles are abandoned and impounded. If you find that you no longer use your bicycle, please contact Alternative Transportation to voluntarily surrender it. We will donate the bike in our next donation process. The voluntary surrender can be initiated by emailing bikes@uncw.edu.

Bicycle Removal

Impound Lot

Bicycles are removed across campus periodically and systematically to make sure there is ample space for current students and their bicycles.

Warning tags are placed on bicycles throughout campus that will be removed. The warning tag will show the earliest date that the bike will be removed. Over the summer break the residential areas are cleared of all bikes. If a bike is remaining on campus AND is still in use, the owner will need to have their bike properly registered and display the proper summer registration tag. This will prevent the bike from being removed during the summer removal process. Summer registration tags can be obtained from Alternative Transportation at the HUB.

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