Same Roads, Same Rules Safety Campaign in October

Students
BikeUMD
Faculty and Staff
Sustainable Transportation

 

Same Roads, Same Rules is a month-long effort to promote the shared use of our campus roadways and sidewalks.  

Whether you bike, scoot or drive, it’s important to know how to safely interact with others in traffic. Join us for a month full of fun activities and learn about the Same Road, Same Rules safety campaign. See our calendar of events and details below. 

same roads, same rules Principles

  • Make Space for Each Other: Leave 3 feet between yourself and another vehicle when passing—don’t try to squeeze by.

  • 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 should generally be used on roads, however, sidewalks can be used when necessary. 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 sharing the road and help keep our campus streets safe. 

Safety Month Events

Same Roads, Same Rules Kick-Off
Tuesday, October 1 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Hornbake Plaza
We all have more fun when we’re safe. Kick off safety month with us and learn about ways cars, bikes, e-scooters, and pedestrians can all travel safely. Answer trivia questions to earn a free helmet. 

Intro to Bike Maintenance Class
Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17 & 24 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | RecWell Bike Shop
Learn the essentials of bike maintenance in this four-session class with help from RecWell bike shop staff. 
*Registration required: go.umd.edu/bike-maintenance

Breakfast Commute Pit Stop
Tuesday, October 8 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Lot 9
Motorists, stop by our pit stop and take the pledge to share the road and learn about ways to keep campus streets safe. Free coffee and breakfast snacks will be available.

Campus Farmer's Market
Wednesday, October 9 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Tawes Plaza
Meet us at the market and learn about all the bicycle resources available on campus. Bring your bike by for a quick tune up or enjoy a bike-powered smoothie on us. 

Bike Ride to College Park Farmer's Markets
October 12, 13 & 19 | 10:00 a.m. | Tawes Plaza
More markets! Join us for weekend bike rides from campus to three of College Park’s off-campus farmers markets. BikeUMD will have free bike valet stations at the markets so you can experience the market and collect your goods with ease.
*Registration required: go.umd.edu/market-ride-19 

Bikes of the Roundtable
Wednesday, October 16 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Margaret Brent Room, Stamp Student Union
Like bikes or are interested in biking? Join us for lunchtime conversations with other bike-lovers and cover the basics of how to safely and easily fit biking into your daily life. 
Registration required: go.umd.edu/cyclestories

Cold Weather Biking
Monday, October 21 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | RecWell Bike Shop
If you’re interested in biking, but aren’t sure how to manage biking in the winter, join us in the Biking in Cold Weather clinic! Winter cycling has special considerations for dress, safety, and managing cold. Over this two-hour clinic, we will walk you through how to prepare yourself for an enjoyable experience. Participants will receive a gift certificate for a one day bike rental.
Registration: go.umd.edu/CWB

Bike Commute Pit Stop
Thursday, October 24 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Chapel Fields at Baltimore Avenue and Regents Drive
Free coffee and breakfast snacks for cyclists! Learn about the Same Road, Same Rules campaign and what we can all do to keep our campus streets safe.

Bike & Cave Along the C&O Canal
Sunday, October 27 | All Day
Get the best of both biking and caving! On this trip, we’ll begin our adventure with a bike ride on the scenic C&O Canal Towpath. Then we’ll lock our bikes up and explore some lesser known caves right off the towpath! Never caved before? Don’t worry, we’ll teach you all you need to know. Join us for this unique adventure! 
Registration required: go.umd.edu/canal-ride 

Bikes Be Bright
Wednesday, October 30 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Regents Drive Garage (DOTS Office)
Prepare for the end of daylight savings ending and make sure you stay lit. Register your bike and receive a free set of bike lights.

Hidden Treasures of College Park: Homecoming Group Bike Ride
Wednesday, October 30 | 4:30 p.m. | Regents Drive Garage (DOTS Office)
Join Maryland Milestones and BikeUMD on a guided tour of the Anacostia Tributary Trail. You’ll see and hear about “hidden treasures” of the College Park area, visit Lake Artemesia, and traverse through Riverdale Park station.
Registration required: go.umd.edu/hc-ride