Bicyclists

Riding on Campus

Purdue University, like all university campuses, is a busy place! Everyone has somewhere to be and is rushing to get there... by bike, by skateboard, on foot, in a car, in a bus... we are all just trying to get somewhere. We are proud of our bicycle infrastructure here are Purdue. Our cycletracks, multi-use paths, bike lanes, and shared lane markings will help guide you safely around campus and the surrounding area... if you use them properly. 

It takes all of us to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Whether you are on a bike, skateboard, bus, car, moped, or hoverboard... everyone needs to pay attention to what is going on around them and respect that there are other people using the same roads, paths, and sidewalks. The following are the most important things to know about getting around campus:

1. You must stop at Stop signs and stop lights.

2. Do not wear two headphones or earbuds while operating a vehicle.

3. Sidwalks are only for walking.

Failure to follow any of these 3 items can result in a traffic citation. 

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

Bicycle Parking

Bikes should be parked only in designated parking areas. Improperly parked bikes (i.e., bikes parked anywhere other than a bicycle rack) are subject to removal.

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. Review additional information about removal procedures. 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 30-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, 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.

Community information

Looking for route information to get somewhere off campus? Contact the Alternative Transportation 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 webpage. Use the drop-down menus to find Title 9, Article 21 and then Chapter 11.

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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