Bike Safety

Same Roads, Same Rules is a coordinated outreach effort that teaches cyclists and motorists a common set of rules for safely coexisting in traffic. 

Cycling on campus has become more popular in recent years. As more of us choose to commute by bike, it's important for cyclists and motorists to follow the "Same Road, Same Rules" guidelines.

Stop at Stop Signs

Bicyclists—Ride Smarter

  • Stop Means Stop: Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

  • Ride On the Road: Bicycles are vehicles and vehicles belong on the road.

  • Sidewalks are for Pedestrians: Pedestrian are unpredictable and chances of a crash are high.

  • Be Predictable: Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Don’t swerve between cars and signal at all turns.

Motorists—Drive Safer

  • Bicycles are Vehicles, Too: The law says bicycles are vehicles and they are allowed to ride in the middle of the travel lane.

  • Be Patient: The campus speed limit is 20 mph. Remember that bicycles mean less traffic.

  • Give Them Space: Give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing – don’t try to squeeze past them.

  • Be Predictable: Abrupt turns can cause crashes. Always look for bicyclists and use turn signals.

See and be seen when riding at night!

If you are cycling after dark, your safety depends on other motorists’ ability to see you. Maryland state law requires your bike to have, at a minimum, a front white light visible from at least 100 feet and a rear red reflector. In addition to this, BikeUMD recommends a rear flashing-red light and, if possible, additional reflective clothing or bike reflectors. Light sets are available for purchase from the DOTS office in Regents Drive Garage and the RecWell Bike Shop.

In the State of Maryland, helmets are not required for bicycle riders 16 years of age or older. However, BikeUMD recommends that all people, regardless of age, wear a helmet when they bike. Helmets can be purchased from the DOTS office at Regents Drive Garage or from the RecWell Bike Shop for a discounted rate of $20. RecWell Bike Shop mechanics can help you fit and adjust your helmet. We recommend that you replace your helmet every five years. Immediately replace your helmet if it has sustained impact in a fall or collision, or if it has visible cracks or major dents.