Bike UMD

same roads, same rules safety in october 2019

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!

same roads, same rules

Here's how we can share the road.

  • 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 share the road and help keep our campus streets safe! 

VeoRide at UMD

VeoRide is the new bike and electric scooter program at the University of Maryland and The City of College Park. Get started here.

send us your feedback

We are evaluating our VeoRide program on an ongoing basis and welcome your feedback here: go.umd.edu/veoride-feedback

Hours of availability

Bikes and e-scooters will be available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

SAFETY FIRST: where to ride

Bikes and scooters should generally be used on roads; however, sidewalks can be used when necessary. Remember to always yield to pedestrians. Users should ride in low traffic areas and bike lanes, and exercise caution if it is necessary to cross or briefly travel on a busy road. First-time users are required to review safety protocol in the VeoRide app before activating their vehicle. Riders should always wear a helmet.

More questions? See our FAQs for UMD riders.

Getting Started as a UMD Cyclist: Bike Registration

Registration through Bike Index is required for all bikes on campus, and is available to anyone with a UID. Your Bike Index registration provides a record of ownership that aids authorities in locating the owner of a stolen bike, and helps with the planning and implementation of bicycle infrastructure improvements at the university. Only registered bicycles are eligible for DOTS’ free lock-cutting service.

  • Read the biking regulations, which include critical information regarding safety and bike parking.
  • Register your bike online at Bike Index (how to navigate Bike Index).
  • Bring your bike and confirmation email to the DOTS office in Regents Drive Garage or the RecWell Bike Shop at 0249 Cole and pick up your registration sticker.

Bicycle Commuter Incentives

We provide secure bike parking and shower facilities as an incentive for commuters who choose to travel to campus via bicycle. The Bike Commuter Incentive program is intended to facilitate controlled access to these facilities for participants enrolled in our sustainable transportation program, Smart Commute.