Campus travel guidelines

Walk your bike area photo
This sign indicates bicyclists should dismount and walk their bikes.

Bicyclists 16 years of age or older shall use designated bicycle routes. In the absence of routes, they shall ride with traffic on the roads, following all vehicle rules, signs and signals.

Bicyclists shall use an audible signal (e.g. bell or verbal warning) to alert pedestrians to their presence.

Bicyclists must walk their bikes when not on designated bike routes or campus drives.

Anyone traveling on a service drive/access road (whether vehicle or bicyclist) should slow down and proceed with caution.

Know the meanings of the different types of bicycle signs and markings on campus.

To learn more about campus bicycle regulations, see Section 7 of the University Traffic and Parking Regulations.

Safety tips

  • Wear a helmet

  • Obey traffic signals, signs and lane markings

  • Use bicycle routes when available

  • Ride in the direction of traffic when in the streets, not against it

  • Be seen; make eye contact

  • Be predictable

  • Be aware of surroundings

  • Use bicycle signals

  • Be visible, especially at night – front and rear lights are required after dusk by Indiana law

  • Don’t ride with headphones

  • Check your equipment

  • Using a bell or horn to alert pedestrians to your presences is required by Indiana law

Bicycle signals

 Bike Signals

Left turn: left arm extended straight out to side (horizontally)

Right turn: left arm bent at elbow and held up in an “L” shape or alternately, right arm extended straight out to the side horizontally

Stop or slow down: left arm bent at elbow and held upside-down in an “L” shape

Bicycle registration

To register your bicycle, complete the bicycle registration form and accompanying steps.

Bicycle removals and retrievals

The Grounds Department is responsible for removing abandoned or improperly-parked bicycles on campus (with the exception of areas managed by Athletics, University Residences or Recreational Sports). When possible, bicycles are marked for at least three business days prior to their removal to allow the owner the opportunity to remove their own bicycle.

Bicycles are stored for 60 days and then sent to the Purdue University Warehouse and Surplus Store to be sold.

Bicycles may be retrieved during their 60-day storage period by contacting the Grounds Department at (765) 494-3087.

Bicycle parking

To learn more about bicycle parking regulations, see Section 7 of the University Traffic and Parking Regulations. Bicycle parking is enforced by the Grounds Department.


Find more information on campus bicycle repair stations and the Farmers Market bicycle tent through the Office of University Sustainability.

Community information

When cycling off campus and within the bondaries of the City of West Lafayette, Chapter 46 of the West Lafayette, Indiana Code of Ordinances must be obeyed.

When cycling off campus and within the bondaries of the City of Lafayette, Chapter 7.07 of the Lafayette, Indiana Code of Ordinances must be obeyed.

All Indiana laws and regulations concerning bicycles are available on the State of Indiana – Indiana Code webpage.

CityBus provides information on how to utilize the buses’ bicycle racks.

Additional information on West Lafayette bicycle routes may be found through the City of West Lafayette.

The Wabash River Cycle Club has identified a collection of bicycle routes in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area.

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