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Bike Share

Zagster Bike Share Program

Purdue – West Lafayette – Lafayette Bike Share Expansion

In August of 2015 Purdue launched a Zagster bike share program on its West Lafayette campus with funding from the Alcoa Foundation. Soon after, the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette approached Purdue about expanding the program off campus. Both cities shared Purdue’s goal of offering a sustainable, healthy, and affordable alternative transportation option. In August 2016 Purdue doubled its program on campus and through a partnership with Lafayette and West Lafayette, added six off campus sites. With this expansion, Lafayette and West Lafayette each installed three bike share stations introducing a combined total of 30 Zagster bicycles into Greater Lafayette.

You can find more information here on the Zagster website or with this handout from Purdue University.

Lafayette Bike Auction

When the Lafayette Police Department recovers an abandoned bicycle, the bicycle is stored for at least 90 days (usually they are stored for almost one (1) year).  Bicycles that appears to be worthy of resale are sold to an online police auction company.

The online auction company contacts the LPD when they have a representative in the Lafayette area.  The company retrieves bicycles and other property from our storage facility and places them for sale on their website.  You can go to the online auction site at this link:

Register Your Bike/Report a Stolen Bike/Find Surplus Bikes


Contact:  Lt. Brian Gossard

Phone:  807-1200

Registration:  Bicycles can be registered through the Police Department at the Records Division window during normal business hours.  There is no charge to register bicycles.

To Report a Stolen Bicycle:  Call the Lafayette Police Department at 807-1200.

Surplus Bicycles:  Since recovered bicycles are considered either property or evidence, they are not routinely auctioned.


West Lafayette

Contact:  Lt. John Watson

Phone:  775-5227

Registration:  City residents are required to register their bicycles with the Police Department, per City Ordinance #46.02.  The cost is $1.00.  Bicycles can be registered during normal business hours at the Records Division window.  The registration remains active until the department is notified that the bicycle has been sold or disposed.

To Report a Stolen Bicycle:  Call the West Lafayette Police Department at 775-5200.

Surplus Bicycles:  Since recovered bicycles are considered either property or evidence, they are not routinely auctioned.



Contact:  Aaron Madrid, Purdue Alternative Transportation

Phone:  496-3825

Registration:  To register your bicycle, an online registration form is available at

To Report a Stolen Bicycle:  For bikes stolen from Purdue University Property, contact the Purdue Police Department at 494-8221

Surplus Bicycles: Abandoned bikes are collected by Purdue Transportation and stored for 30 days prior to be transferred to Purdue Surplus. Contact Purdue Surplus to check inventory –  496-2222

Bike/Walk News

National Bike Month – May 2023

Apr 18, 2023

May is National Bike Month, and Friday May 19th is National Bike to Work Day, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a […]


Lafayette is located at 40°24′38″N 86°52′29″W (40.410585, -86.874681)[16] and lies in Fairfield and Wea Townships. Elevation at the court house is 550 feet (168 m), but city elevations range from a little over 500 feet (150 m) at the Wabash River to approximately 700 feet (210 m) in the areas of Murdock Park and Columbian Park.

According to the 2010 census, Lafayette has a total area of 27.74 square miles (71.85 km2), all land.

Source: Wikipedia