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Safety Tips

Cyclists

  • Ride on the right in the same direction of traffic.
  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Wear a hard-shell helmet when you ride.
  • Be alert. Watch for car doors opening and cars pulling out.
  • Avoid riding on sidewalks unless the roads are unsafe.
  • Stop at intersections. Follow the same rules as vehicles, stopping at red lights and stop signs.
  • Be visible. Wear bright colored clothing and use lights at night.
  • Conduct an ABC Check: Check there’s enough AIR in the tires, the BRAKES work properly, and your CHAIN is oiled and on securely.
  • Understand the various bike facility types and rules.
  • Follow Traffic Laws & University Bicycle Rules:
    • Cyclists should use extreme caution and slow down or walk their bicycles when interacting with pedestrians.
    • Do not ride on sidewalks or pedestrian-only areas.
    • Bicycles using campus roadways operate with the same rules as automobiles.
    • Bike rack use on campus is mandatory.
    • Bikes locked or left anywhere else besides a bike rack are subject to the lock being cut and the bike being impounded by University Police.

*Parking and Transit Services offers free bike registration for your personal bicycle. 

Drivers

  • Always follow traffic laws.
  • Watch for pedestrians and give them the right-of-way.
  • Expect pedestrian traffic to increase between classes.
  • Expect vehicle traffic to increase during class changes and at the beginning and end of the business day.
  • Use caution when driving through parking lots. Pedestrians may appear from behind cars.
  • Do not get in a rush. Give yourself plenty of time when driving on campus.
  • Pay attention. Put away your phone and other distractions when driving.

Pedestrians

  • Use marked crosswalks to cross streets.
  • Stop at the curb, look both directions, and make sure traffic is clear or has stopped before crossing.
  • During rainy weather allow extra time and distance for a vehicle to stop.
  • Wear bright-colored clothes so vehicles can see you at night or during rainy weather.
  • Avoid distractions, such as checking your phone or wearing headphones when walking near traffic.

Facility Type Definitions

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More Information

Campus Safety Tips
Bicycle Safety
MSU Traffic and Parking Rules & Regulations