Bike Safety

Campus Rules

  • Never ride on campus sidewalks (unless designated as a bike lane with pavement markings).
  • Obey all traffic signs, signals, and laws.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and areas where bike paths cross pedestrian walkways.
  • Most campus bike lanes are one-way only. Bikers must ride in the direction of traffic.
  • Watch for designated areas to dismount and walk your bike.
  • Always lock your bike (follow theft prevention tips).
  • Don’t lock bikes to handrails, trees, fences, bus shelters or anything other than bike racks. Illegally parked bikes are subject to tag and removal. To reclaim your bike, contact the PTS office.
  • Headlights and reflectors are required by Minnesota law for night riding.
    Discounted helmets and headlights can be purchased at Boynton Pharmacy.

Full text version of the Minnesota Bicycle laws and statutes


Washington Avenue Transit/Pedestrian Mall

Metro Transit created a video to show how to safely use the Washington Avenue Transit/Biking/Pedestrian Mall.

Bike Safety on the Washington Ave Bridge


Walk Your Bike on Campus Sidewalks

Sidewalks are paved for walkers, not bicyclists. It is dangerous to ride through a busy sidewalk. Feel free to walk your bike on any sidewalk around campus and use bike lanes when riding your bike.

This is a Minnesota State law, not just a University rule. "No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district ..." The University of Minnesota Police will write out citations for bicyclists riding on the sidewalks, so be aware.


Tips For Riding Your Bike on Campus

The Office of Off-Campus Living offers advice to all bicyclists.

OCL Bike Safety Video


Recognize Bike Boxes and What To Do

The bike box is an intersection safety design that helps to prevent bicycle/car collisions, especially those between drivers turning right and bicyclists going straight. It is a green box on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside it and sometimes has green bicycle lanes approaching the box.

Bike Boxes

Learn more two-stage turn bike boxes.