October 2020: Same Roads, Same Rules, Same Rights

Faculty and Staff
Sustainable Transportation

Same Roads, Same Rules, Same rights

Whether you cycle, scoot or drive, it's important to know how to safely interact with others in traffic. 

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, clinics, group rides and virtual events, 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.

Engage with us all month long

Bikes be Bright: As the days start to get shorter, it's important to make sure your bike is visible! Register your bike during October and receive a free set of bike lights!

Show your smarts: Stop by our Twitter or Instagram every Monday and Wednesday for BikeUMD trivia! Everyone who engages with us on social media will be entered to win weekly raffle prizes!

Maryland Biking Challenge: Get on your bike and see if your team can bike all the way around Maryland! We are offering the Maryland Biking Challenge to all UMD students, faculty, and staff to make a team of up to 4 people and bike the 650 mile perimeter of the state. You'll have six weeks to complete your challenge and it can be done from anywhere! This is free to participate and starts October 1.

The event is free and runs online from 10/1 to 11/14. Teams of up to four people can register. Sign up for this RecWell challenge!

upcoming Safety Month Events

Bike & Boulder
Saturday, October 17 | All Day | Northwest Branch Trail
Explore a local climbing spot not far from campus. We will bike along the Northwest Branch Trail from campus to a wooded area along the banks of the Anacostia River, where you’ll be able to try your hand at multiple bouldering problems before biking back to campus. No previous experience is required; bike, helmet and climbing shoe rentals are included.
Registration required: 10/17

All About Brakes Clinic 
Monday, October 19 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  
Adventure Program Classroom
If you have a bike, you want to keep your brakes working well. In this two-hour clinic, our instructor will teach you to keep your brakes well-adjusted and help you improve them yourself! Bring your bike, or we can lend you one for practicing. Cost includes a multi-tool for your future repairs!
Registration required: 10/19

Bikes & Ballots
NEW DATE - Wednesday, October 21 |  2:30 p.m.
Terps, early voting in Maryland starts in October and it’s time to steer our future!  We’re leading two small groups on a physically-distanced bike tour around campus and to a nearby drop box for Prince George's County residents to cast their ballots. We'll also stop at a local U.S. Post Office for out-of-area riders to mail their votes. Helmets and face coverings are required.
Registration required.

Bike & Hike
Saturday, October 24 | All Day | Greenbelt Park
Bike from campus along Paint Branch Trail to Greenbelt Park—an urban oasis. Greenbelt Park, operated by the National Park Service, is a great escape to the tranquility of the woods. We will hike some of the trails before biking back to campus.
Registration required: 10/24

Clean Your Bike Clinic
Wednesday, October 28 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Adventure Program Classroom
Cleaning a bike is an important step for keeping your bike running well and looking great. In this one-hour clinic, our instructor will walk you through industry cleaning best practices and share how you can take care of your bike at home. Bring your bike, or we can lend you one for practicing. Cost includes a bike-specific cleaning spray.
Registration required.

Bike to Little Paint Branch Park
Saturday, October 31 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Little Paint Branch Park
Bike from campus along Paint Branch Trail to Little Paint Branch Park, a hidden gem in Prince George’s County. You’ll enjoy the view of trickling streams throughout your bike journey. We will stop for lunch at Little Paint Branch Park before biking back to campus. No previous experience is necessary; bike and helmet rentals included.
Registration required.


IG Live Kick-Off Event!
Thursday, October 1 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | DOTS Instagram
We’re kicking off our month of festivities with an Instagram Live party! Learn what the Same Roads, Same Rules, Same Rights campaign is all about and hear about the plethora of resources and opportunities available here at our Gold Level Bicycle Friendly University.
Instagram Live: @dots_umd

Bicycle Recycle Sale
Tuesday, September 29 & Wednesday, September 30 | By appointment | Lot SS2
The Bicycle Recycle sale is back! We will be selling a limited amount of refurbished bikes from our Bicycle Recycle project. Test rides and sales will be conducted by appointment only. They’ll go like hot cakes, so sign up early! Update: All appointment slots are currently filled.
Schedule a test ride appointment.

Fix-a-Flat Clinic
Monday, October 5 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Adventure Program Classroom
One of the essential skills for maintaining your bike is fixing a flat tire. Learn it here in this one hour clinic! Our instructor will walk you through the essential steps in identifying and repairing flat tires. Best of all, you’ll walk away with your own flat kit: tire levers, patch kit, and portable pump!
Registration required.

Green Terps Dialogue Series: Transportation (2 dates)
Wednesday, October 7 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Virtual Event
Thursday, October 15 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Virtual Event
Join us for an interactive conversation to discuss sustainability issues, share your thoughts, and develop a plan of action to improve your environmental impact! Meet other students who are concerned about the environment and are looking to connect and take action. Our October events center on discussions about transportation!
Registration required.

Bike & Disc Golf
Thursday, October 8 | 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Calvert Road Park
Take a leisurely bike ride on Paint Branch Trail from campus to Calvert Road Park for an afternoon round of disc golf. Disc golf is similar to golf, except instead of clubs and balls, you throw a flying disc from a tee pad toward an elevated metal basket—the hole. Trip leaders will teach you the basics of the sport; no previous experience is necessary. Bike, helmet and disc rentals are included.
Registration required.

Bike & Kayak
Sunday, October 11 | All Day | Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Bike from campus via the Anacostia Tributary Trail System to Bladensburg Waterfront Park for an afternoon of kayaking on the Anacostia River. No previous experience is necessary; bike, helmet and kayak rentals included.

Registration required.

Whose Lane Is It? A Bicycle-Friendly Driver Course
Tuesday, October 13 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Virtual Event
The League of American Bicyclists named UMD a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly University, but are you a bicycle-friendly driver? Have you ever been confused, anxious, or frustrated when you see a bike on the road? Register for this course and get certified as a Bicycle Friendly Driver. You’ll learn how to better see bicyclists, confidently share the road, and avoid the most common crashes.
Registration required.

Tuesday, October 13 | 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Lake Artemesia
Join us for a relaxing evening adventure to Lake Artemesia. We will take a leisurely bike ride on Paint Branch Trail from campus to Lake Artemesia. Once at the lake, we will unwind and get centered with some yoga.
Registration required.

Micro-mobility & Safety IG Live with Veo
Thursday, October 15 | 1:00 p.m. | DOTS Instagram
Join us on Instagram Live as we sit down with Veo to talk about safety in some of the latest transportation innovations. We'll cover what you need to know about electric micro-mobility, how Veo optimizes safety in their shared fleet, and how you can ride like a pro!
Instagram Live: @dots_umd