Rules and Regulations

The purpose of the Bear Bikes program is to help create a campus culture of cycling while reducing the number of cars used by students. Through the Bear Bikes program students have the opportunity to rent bikes for a low per semester price. Here are the rules and regulations for the program.

BEAR BIKES MANUAL 2017

Rules and Regulations

  • Traffic laws apply to people riding bicycles so obey all signs, signals and pavement markings.
  • Signal all turns and stops using the standard hand signals.
  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks and on sidewalks.
  • Ride with traffic on the as far to the right as is "practicable" except when turning left or avoiding road hazards. That is, as far to the right as is safe.
  • Do not weave in and out of traffic.
  • No more than two bicyclists can ride side by side.
  • Passengers must have their own attached bike seat.
  • If you ride your bike at nighttime, you must have a headlight emitting white light which is visible from at least 300 feet ahead, and a red rear reflector which is visible from 300 feet to the rear. (A light emitting red light can be used in addition to the rear red reflector.)

Safety

  • Wear a helmet ALWAYS
  • Ride as if you are invisible, assume that drivers can’t see you or aren’t paying attention
  • Plan your riding routes for the safest travel Ride on less busy streets/roads and with the lowest speed limits
  • Be predictable: Use hand signals, Be obvious in your intentions, Plan ahead
  • Be visible: Use lights and reflectors, Wear bright clothing, Ride with a friend (whenever possible)