Bike Safety

Same Roads, Same Rules is a coordinated outreach effort that promotes the shared use of roadways on campus. 

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

During the month of October, we promote the Same Roads, Same Rules principles through a series of fun events with giveaways, group bike rides, commuter breakfasts and more! See the October 2019 Same Roads, Same Rules calendar of events.

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  • 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! 

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.