Be Safe. Be Smart. Be Seen.
Protective Gear and Safety Equipment
Be Safe, Be Seen! Always wear a helmet. A head injury can mean brain injury. That’s why it’s so important to wear your bike helmet. A helmet will provide some protection for the face, head, and brain in case of a fall. The bike helmet should fit properly. If the helmet is too big, too small, or not properly worn it may not provide the proper protection. If unsure of the helmet’s fit seek assistance from a professional at a local bike store.
Wearing bright clothes and putting reflectors on the bike can also help staying safe. It helps other people on the road see the cyclist and helps avoid a collision. Daytime riding is the safest so try to avoid riding after sunset. Avoid wearing headphones or other distractions such as cell phone use. These types of distractions commonly lead to collisions. A white head lamp mounted on the front of the bicycle is required by Colorado State law when riding between sunset and sunrise.
Rules of the Road and Moving Regulations
All traffic laws apply to cyclists as well as motorists. When riding in the roadway cyclists have all the rights and responsibilities of the road that motorists do. Cyclists can also be charged with moving violations and so on. Cyclists must obey traffic lights, make complete stops at stop signs, and obey speed limits. Cyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk but must yield to pedestrians and stop/dismount at crosswalks. If an accident occurs as a result of a bicyclist violation the cyclist can be issued a citation and may be liable for all damages and injuries to the other party, just as motorists are.
As the number of campus residents and visitors continues to grow and vehicle traffic/parking becomes more challenging, the use of bicycles, skateboards, and walking on campus is highly encouraged. The benefits of using alternative methods of transportation are a clean, quiet, healthy way to get around campus. Alternative transportation is also relatively inexpensive, more convenient, and easier way to your destination. Bicycle, skateboard, and pedestrian regulations are in place to maintain a safe campus environment for our students, visitors, and employees. You need to keep in mind the precautions necessary to protect your bike, yourself, and others. If after reading this brochure you still have questions, concerns, or suggestions please call the Department of Public Safety at 303-273-3333.
Cycling on Campus
Bicycle registration is not required but is highly encouraged to assist in the return of lost, impounded, or recovered bicycles. Bikes can be registered at no cost by contacting the Department of Public Safety Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
In order to promote security and safety bikes should be parked properly in bike racks where provided. The following objects are not to be used for bike parking: Trees, plants, shrubs, signs, fences, railings, fire hydrants or buildings. Where no racks are available the bicycle may not be parked where it obstructs: Handicap ramps, walkways, streets or drives, building entrance, motor vehicle parking, grounds maintenance operations or landscaped areas.
Secure your Bike
- Keep bicycles locked any time they are unattended with a good “U” type lock.
- Be sure the “U” lock or cable goes through the front wheel, rear wheel, and the frame, and secure it to a fixed object.
- Check the lock by pulling on it to make sure it is secure.
- Check on your bike on a regular basis and contact the Campus Police as soon as you notice it missing.
- Be sure to retain all evidence of purchase, including the serial number.
- Be able to identify the bicycle; take pictures of your bike with your cell phone.
- Never loan your bicycle or other property to strangers.
- Try to avoid parking a bicycle in a deserted or poorly lit area.
- Report any suspicious persons or activities.