Riding on Campus
|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 must walk their bikes when not on designated bike routes or campus drives. Bikes should be walked when traveling on sidewalks.
Anyone traveling on a service drive/access road (whether motorist or bicyclist) should slow down and proceed with caution.
Know the meanings of the different types of bicycle signs and markings on campus.
Bicyclists shall use an audible signal (e.g. bell or verbal warning) to alert pedestrians to their presence.
Bikes should be parked only in designated areas.
To learn more about campus bicycle regulations, see Section 7 of the University Traffic and Parking Regulations.
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 aware of surroundings
Use bicycle signals
Be visible, especially at night – use front and rear lights
Don't ride with headphones
Check your equipment
Use a bell or horn to alert pedestrians to your presence
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
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). Bicycle parking in the academic campus area is intended for short-term use only.
Bicycles will normally be marked for at least 14 days prior to their removal to allow the owner the opportunity to remove their own bicycle.
However, bicycles may be removed and impounded immediately if they are parked illegally (i.e. attached to anything other than a bike rack) or must be relocated to complete critical facility repairs, maintenance or construction.
Grounds will attempt to contact the owners of bicycles that are registered with the Purdue University Police Department.
Bicycles are stored for 60 days and then sent to the Purdue University Warehouse and Surplus Store to be sold.
How to retrieve your bicycle
Bicycles may be retrieved during their 60-day storage period by contacting the Grounds Department at (765) 494-3087.
To learn more about bicycle parking regulations, see Section 7 of the University Traffic and Parking Regulations. In most areas on campus, 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.
When cycling off campus and within the boundaries 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 boundaries 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.