October is Bike Safety Month
Whether you cycle, scoot or drive, it's important to know how to safely interact with others in traffic.
All month long, DOTS and RecWell are empowering Terps with the tools and know-how to be safe and confident when biking, scooting, or driving on and off campus. From classes and clinics to group rides and trivia, we've got something for everyone to enjoy! See our calendar of events and details below.
same roads, same rules, Same Rights Principles
Make Space for Each Other: Leave 3 feet between yourself and another vehicle when passing—don’t try to squeeze by. Remember, cyclists and e-scooter riders have the right to take up the full lane.
Be Predictable: Make your intentions clear to everyone. Don’t make abrupt turns or swerve around other vehicles.
Ride on the Road: Bikes and e-scooters must use the road. If you need to use the sidewalk to reach your destination, dismount your bicycle or e-scooter and walk. Remember to always yield to pedestrians.
Follow the Law: Obey traffic signals, stop at stop signs, stay in your lane and always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Take the pledge to demonstrate your commitment to share the road and help keep our campus streets safe! Everyone who takes the pledge will be entered into our raffle for a custom bike helmet.
Engage with us all month long
Show your smarts: Stop by our Instagram every Monday and Wednesday for BikeUMD trivia! Everyone who answers a questions correctly will be entered into a raffle for a custom bike helmet!
Bike Safety Month Kick-off
Monday, October 4 | 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.| STAMP Student Union
Join us in celebrating the start of our annual Same Roads, Same Rules, Same Rights campaign! Stop by to learn about safely sharing our campus roadways and pick up some ice cream.
Smart Cycling Course
Sunday, October 10 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Xfinity Visitor Lot
Looking to build your confidence on a bike? Then this free class is perfect for you! Through hands-on practice, we’ll teach you how to handle your bike comfortably, share the road and more.
Group Bike Ride to the Aviation Museum
Friday, October 22 | 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Regents Drive Garage
This easy and relaxing group ride along paved bike paths takes you to the College Park Aviation Museum, where you’ll take a free guided tour and learn how the adjoining airport was started by the Wright brothers.
Bike Care Basics Class
Tuesday, October 26 | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | RecWell Bike Shop
Do you have a bike you’re not sure how to take care of? This one-hour clinic will walk you through some of the easiest, most important things you can do to keep your bike running well and minimize the downtime you have to endure for your bike! Bring your bike or we'll lend you one. Participants receive a coupon for 20% off a bike shop retail purchase.
Bikes Be Bright
Friday, October 29 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Regents Drive Garage
Don’t get hit—stay lit! With the Daylight Savings right around the corner, it’s beginning to get dark earlier. Stop by and grab free bike lights to help you stay visible on your evening bike commute.