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Bike Safety

Bicycling is one of the preferred modes of transportation on campus. With strained parking resources, rising gas prices and increased traffic, bicycling is one of the most economical modes of transportation available.

In order for bicycles to be operated safely, not only should the rules of the road be followed, but we also recommend the following:

  • Use of an approved helmet. This should be properly fitted and secured. Wear a helmet each time you ride your bike.

  • Proper maintenance of your bicycle. If you are not able to maintain your bicycle properly there are many bicycle shops in the city that provide yearly maintenance services which will check brakes, gears, and various other bike components.

  • Additional use of reflective clothing. If you intend to be riding at night ensure that you are wearing reflective clothing, in addition to a bicycle lighting system and reflectors on your bicycle.

  • Carry a cycle repair kit, or at a minimum a pump and tire repair kit with you.

Rules of the Road

  • Bicycles must yield to pedestrians. While we often allow bicycles to share pathways with pedestrians on campus, pedestrians always have the right of way.

  • Bicycles on campus must be equipped with a working bell. Use the bell when you are approaching pedestrians. Common bike etiquette also includes shouting out on which side you will be passing the pedestrians such as "on your right!" or "on your left!".

  • Bicycles must also be equipped with a lighting system if used between ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise. This includes a white-light headlight and a rear red reflector or light.

  • Bicycles must be conducted according to the rules and regulations for all motor vehicles on campus. This includes stopping at stop signs, travelling at a reasonable rate of speed for road conditions, and using hand signals to indicate turning or stopping intentions.

Securing Your Bike

Get some tips to help ensure that your bike remains safe.

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