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. If you ever need any help with your bike the first question you will get is "what is the registration or serial number" of your bike. In an effort to help prevent theft, we cannot offer assistance to anyone with a bike unless they can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are the owner of the bike. Registration is the simplest way to ensure you always have help when you need it. This includes, but is not limited to, lock cutting in the event of a frozen or broken lock. Registration is completely free. Questions regarding bicycle registration can be sent using the Contact Us

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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