Spring bike count being taken this week

April 18, 2012

This week the Physical and Capital Planning organization will be conducting the spring bike count. This activity is part of a semiannual process utilized to ensure that sufficient bicycle parking is available throughout campus.

Bike counts will take place in the academic campus during the mid-morning and in the afternoons when the highest number of students are on campus. Bikes located on racks at residence halls, Purdue Village, and Hilltop Apartments will be counted before 8 a.m. to capture the highest number of bikes before students leave for class. Because bike counts will be taking place throughout the week at a number of campus locations, do not be alarmed if you see people lingering around bicycle racks.

Those who ride a bike on campus are encouraged to review the safety tips below and to register their bicycle with the Purdue University Police Department.

West Lafayette city ordinances stipulate the following:

* No person age 16 or older shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk in any district.

* No person shall ride a bicycle on a sidewalk within a business district.

* A person riding a bicycle on a roadway has all the rights and duties that are applicable to a person who drives a vehicle (per the Indiana State Code).

Cyclists also are reminded to use hand signals and to dismount their bicycle when crossing a street in a crosswalk.

Working headlights and taillights are required for riding after dark, and helmets and visible clothing are strongly recommended.

Also, remember that bicycle registration is mandatory for faculty, staff, and students who ride on the Purdue campus, and it can be an aid for recovering a stolen bike. For information on how to register a bike and where to find the University regulation that covers bikes, visit https://www.purdue.edu/police/programs/types/bikeregistration.htm.