October 2022: Bike Safety Month

Sustainable Transportation
Faculty and Staff

October is bike safety month

Hello Terps! October is Bike Safety Month! Celebrate the fun and fitness associated with bicycling. Receive free give-aways, and learn new things about bike safety and sustainable transportation with DOTS and RecWell!

Motorists, bike and scooter riders alike should review our principles for sharing the road. 

  • Make Space for Each Other: Leave 3 feet between yourself and another vehicle when passing—don’t try to squeeze by. Motorists should anticipate these vehicles, be patient, and make space for smaller vehicles.
  • 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. If you must use a sidewalk to access your destination, dismount your bike 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. Motorists, abide by traffic speed limit and don’t drive distracted. 

Take the pledge to demonstrate your commitment to share the road and help keep our campus streets safe! 

Safety Month Events

Mountain Bike ROsaryville State Park

Saturday, October 1 | Upper Marlboro | Register

Join us for a day of mountain biking! On this adventure, we’ll bike the 9-mile Perimeter Loop through the woods of Rosaryville State Park. You’ll learn to tackle roots, rocks, and stream crossings on your bike. No previous mountain biking experience required, but participants should be comfortable on a bike.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Sept 27 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Bike Safety Month kick-off -- POSTPONED to Wednesday, October 5

Wednesday, October 5 | 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. | UMD Farmers Market, Tawes Plaza

Helmet give-away, safety information, overview of Bicycle Commuter Incentive Program, Rainy Day free car parking pass program, Bicycle Recycle, and Bike Registration, and more while supplies lasts. 

Bike Blended smoothies

Wednesday, October 5 | 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | UMD Farmers Market, Tawes Plaza

Run a blender without electricity, make a smoothie for yourself and friends through bicycle power! Check out the DOTS table for the bike blender and other information about BikeUMD.

Bike Maintenance q&a

Thursday, October 6 | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | RecWell Bike Shop | Register

During this one hour session, you’ll have the opportunity to ask all of your bike-related questions to one of the RecWell Bike Shop bike mechanics. Feel free to bring your bike if you have a question specific to your bike. 

Veo Test Ride

Wednesday, October 12 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Preinkert Hall

Curious about how to ride a Veo e-scooter, or the Cosmos e-bike? Join us for free test rides in a protected street free from traffic. Learn safe riding best practices and grab some free Veo swag.

Fix a flat clinic

Wednesday, October 12 | 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | RecWell Bike Shop | Register

One of the essential skills to maintain 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.

Cost: $5 

Bike Care Basics

Tuesday, October 18 | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | RecWell Bike Shop | Register

Do you have a bike you’re not sure how to take care of? Join us for bike care basics! 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 can lend you one to practice. 

Cost: $5

Bikeumd group ride & Picnic Lunch

Friday, October 21 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Grocery Store Circuit | Register

Join us for a guided bike ride that will show you how to get to area grocery stores on routes with the least or no car traffic. We will have a picnic lunch along the return to campus. Limited to 10 so don’t delay in signing up!

Bikes be bright

Wednesday, October 26 | 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | DOTS Lawn

Daylight Savings is around the corner and it is getting dark earlier. Don't get hit -- stay lit! Drop by the front lawn at Regents Drive Garage to pick up some free BikeUMD lights and ask our staff any questions you have. Information on all BikeUMD and DOTS Sustainability programs will be available.