Bicyclists

Riding on Campus

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. Improperly parked bikes (i.e., bikes parked anywhere other than a bicycle rack) are subject to removal.

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, by using front and rear lights
  • Don't ride with headphones
  • Check your equipment
  • Use a bell or horn to alert pedestrians to your presence

Bicycle signals

Figure displaying a left turn hand signal by extending their left arm horizontally, perpendicular to their body.
left turn
Figure displaying a right turn hand signal by raising their left upper-arm horizontally and perpendicular to the body, and raising their forearm upwards, parallel to their body. The resulting shape of the arm is that of the letter L with the corner of the L being the elbow.
right turn
Figure displaying an alternate way to signal a right turn hand signal by extending their right arm horizontally, perpendicular to their body.
alternate right turn
Figure displaying a slow down or stop hand signal by raising their left upper-arm horizontally and perpendicular to the body, and lowering their forearm downwards, perpendicular to their body. The resulting shape of the arm is that of an upside-down letter L with the corner of the L being the elbow.
slow down or stop

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 removals and retrievals

Removal procedure

The Bicycle Operations Coordinator is responsible for removing all parked bicycles that are damaged (e.g., appear not to be roadworthy) or those that have been abandoned or parked improperly on the academic campus. Bicycle parking in the academic campus area is intended for short-term use only, and bikes must be parked in racks. To report a bicycle that you feel needs removed, please use the form on the Contact Us page. 

How to retrieve your bicycle

Impounded bicycles may be retrieved during their 60-day storage period by contacting the Bicycle Operations Coordinator through the Contact Us form on this website. A fee for handling and storage of impounded bicycles may be assesed at the time of retrieval. To retrieve your bicycle, you must have a government-issued ID, a filed police report and at least two of the following: the bike's serial number, a receipt of the bike purchase, photos of you with the bike, a description of any unique features of the bike, or a registration with an online bike registration service that predates the theft of the bike.

Bicycle parking

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

Maintenance

Need help with your bicycle? Contact the Bicycle Operations Coordinator via the Contact Us page on this website. Find more information on campus bicycle repair stations and the Farmers Market bicycle tent through the Office of University Sustainability.

Community information

Looking for route information to get somewhere off campus? Contact the Bicycle Operations Coordinator via the Contact Us page on this website to schedule a tour or get information.

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 Web page. Use the drop-down menus to find Title 9, Article 21 and then Chapter 11.

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

Looking for more information regarding cycling in the Greater Lafayette area? You can visit Bicycle Lafayette or the Wabash River Cycle Club.

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