Rules of the Road

Riding a bicycle on campus is a fast, fun and healthy way to get around. However, you need to know the rules of the road to ensure the safest experience for everyone.

First, remember that if you plan on riding or parking a bicycle on the Purdue campus it is strongly recommended that you register your bicycle with the University. Registering your bicycle will not only ensure your bicycle is not impounded, but is also the best way to protect your bicycle from theft and assist in recovery in the event of theft. Questions regarding bicycle registration may be directed to the Bicycle Operations Manager via the Contact Us page or visit our registration page to get started today.

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. 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. When in doubt, pretend you are driving a car!

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

To learn more about the bicycle removal process use the form on our Contact Us page.

Per the Grounds Department's "Guidelines for Vehicle and Large Equipment Events" memo issued on December 3, 2013, "nothing associated with an event (displays, motor vehicles, equipment, etc.) can block any marked bike path."

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.

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