Lost or stolen bicycles recovered by the Police Department are stored by the Property & Evidence Division in the Police Impound Building, also known as the "Bike Barn". The bike barn is located on Isle la Plume at 1925 Marco Drive, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Citizens have the opportunity to look for their lost or stolen bike(s) during open bike barn hours from 4:30PM - 6:00PM on the first Wednesday of each month, April through October. The dates for 2019 include:
- April 3rd
- May 1st
- June 5th
- July 3rd
- August 7th
- September 4th
- October 2nd
The Property and Evidence Division may be contacted at (608) 789-7245 for alternate viewing arrangements. Bicycles recovered by the La Crosse police Department are held for 90 days before they are released to the bi-annual city bike barn auction.
To claim a bicycle, you must have a copy of your previously submitted police report or proof of ownership. In many cases, you can fill out this report online following these guidelines:
- If your bike is stolen and is valued under $2,500, you can Submit a Police Report online.
- If your bike is stolen and is valued over $2,500, call our non-emergency police line at (608) 785-5962, or come to the Police Department to speak with an Officer.
Also, City of La Crosse Ordinance 44-222 requires that bicycles ridden in the City of La Crosse must be registered and licensed. Registration is FREE, and you can register your bicycle online or at the Police Department. You will need the make, model, serial number and color of the bicycle. For questions regarding bike registration and licensing, call (608) 789-7227.
There will be no Fall 2019 Auction. Please check back early spring of 2020 for information on the Spring Auction in May 2020.