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Bike Safety

October is Bike Safety Month

Bike Safety Month is a month-long dedication to promote the coexistence of bicyclists and motorists on our campus roadway. As cycling becomes increasingly popular on campus, it’s important for motorists and cyclists alike to be informed about how to safely interact with one another. Join us for a month full of fun activities and learn about the Same Road, Same Rules campaign. See our calendar of events and details on the right.


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Take the pledge to demonstrate your commitment to share the roads and help keep our campus streets safe.


SAME ROADS SAME RULES:

Bicyclists – Ride Smarter

  • Stop Means Stop: Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Ride On the Road: Bicycles are vehicles and vehicles belong on the road.
  • Sidewalks are for Pedestrians: Pedestrian are unpredictable and chances of a crash are high.
  • Be Predictable: Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Don’t swerve between cars and signal at all turns.

Motorist - Drive Safer

  • Bicycles are Vehicles Too: The law says bicycles are vehicles and they are allowed to ride in the middle of the travel lane.
  • Be Patient: The campus speed limit is 20mph so slow down and be patient. Remember that bicycles mean less traffic.
  • Give Them Space: Give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing – don’t try to squeeze past them.
  • Be Predictable: Abrupt turns can cause crashes. Always look for bicyclists and use turn signals.

Riding at Night

It is important for bicyclists to be able to see and been seen when riding at night! If you are riding your bicycle after dark your safety depends on other road users’ ability to see you. Maryland state law requires your bike to have, at a minimum, a front white light visible from at least 100’ and a rear red reflector. In addition to this, BikeUMD recommends a rear flashing-red light and, if possible, additional reflective clothing or bike reflectors. Light sets are available for purchase from the DOTS office in Regents Drive Garage and the RecWell Bike Shop.

image of biking at night Proper way to wear a helmet

Helmets

In the state of Maryland, helmets are not required for bicycle riders 16 years of age or older. However, BikeUMD recommends that all people, regardless of age, wear a helmet when they bike. Helmets can be purchased from the DOTS office at Regents Garage or from the RecWell Bike Shop for a discounted rate of $20 RecWell Bike Shop Mechanics are trained to help fit and adjust helmets, so come on by the Shop if you want some help! It is recommended that you replace your helmet every five years. Immediately replace your helmet if it has sustained impact in a fall or collision, or if it has visible cracks or major dents.

Same Roads Same Rules

Same Roads, Same Rules is a coordinated outreach effort aimed at both bicyclists and motorists. It is about coexisting in a shared space, respecting each other as human beings, using common sense and keeping yourself and others safe by following a common set of rules. With the number of cyclists on campus increasing in recent years and with our bikeshare system on campus, bicyclists and motorists alike need to know how to safely interact with each other.

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Bike Safety Month Events

Bike Safety Month Kick-Off

Monday, Oct 1; 11:00am - 1:00pm
Outside Stamp (SE Entrance)
Free bike helmet giveaways!


Good Morning Commuter Breakfast

Wednesday, Oct 3; 7:30am - 10:30am
Stamp Atrium
Free breakfast and meet other bike commuters.


Bike Commute Pit Stop

Tuesday, Oct 9; 8:00am - 10:00am
Bike Trail Between CSIC & The Varsity
Free coffee and breakfast snacks for cyclists.


Biking 101 Lunch & Learn

Thursday, Oct 11; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
DOTS (Regents Drive Garage)
Cover the basics of how to safely & easily fit biking into your daily life.
Registration Required


Homecoming Group Bike Ride

Friday, Oct 12; 11:00am - 1:00pm
Meet at Regents Drive Garage
Explore historic trails and learn routes to Riverdale Whole Foods.
Registration Required


Bike Commute Pit Stop

Wednesday, Oct 24; 8:00am - 10:00am
Baltimore Avenue & Regents Drive (Chapel Fields)
Free coffee and breakfast snacks for cyclists.


Biking 101 Lunch & Learn

Thursday, Oct 25; 12:00pm - 1:00pm
DOTS (Regents Drive Garage)
Cover the basics of how to safely & easily fit biking into your daily life.
Registration Required


Bikes Be Bright

Wednesday, October 31; 3:00pm - 5:00pm
DOTS Lawn (Regents Drive Garage)
Free bike light giveaway.


“Spooky Spokes” Bike Ghost Tour

Wednesday, October 31; 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Meet at Regents Drive Garage
A bike tour of haunted campus locations. Prizes for best costume and best decorated bike.
Registration Required


Safe Cycling Classes

Scheduled as needed.
Learn specific bike handling skills and strategies for riding in different road, bike lane, and trail situations. Bring your bike!
Request Class