Safety & Security

Safe Riding Tips

  • Obey all traffic control devices and routing signs.
  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Maintain a safe stopping distance behind moving cars.
  • Do not pass vehicles on the right.
  • Walk your bike across streets and intersections.
  • Be courteous to pedestrians, motorists, and other bicyclists.
  • Avoid traveling too fast down hills or on rough or slippery roads.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it. Use hand signals to communicate with motorists.
  • Wear a helmet.  

The League of American Bicyclists offers a series of educational videos covering a wide range of topics from how to choose a bicycle to proper lane positioning (as shown above). Feel free to check them out for bike safety tips!

Security Tips

  • Lock your bicycle every time it is left unattended—even if you’ll only be gone for a minute.
  • Secure your bicycle to a rack with a high-quality U-lock and a case-hardened chain. A cable lock alone isn’t strong enough.
  • To lock your bicycle properly, place the chain through the bike frame and through one or both wheels, then wrap the chain around a bike rack.
  • Park your bike in a well-lit area.

Winter Snow Removal

Having trouble accessing a bike rack due to snow? Please contact the Office of Physical Plant's Service Desk at 814-865-4731 or send an email to [email protected].