Bicycle/Wheeled Transportation Policy-Student Affairs - Carnegie Mellon University

Bicycle/Wheeled Transportation Policy

This policy is available on-line: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Bikes.html

Policy Statement

The purpose of this policy is to provide regulations for a safe and convenient environment for bicycles and other wheeled transportation permitted on campus walkways (e.g., skateboards, in-line skates and motorized carts), while at the same time providing for the safety of all members of the campus community. These regulations do not apply to transportation for persons with disabilities (e.g., wheelchairs).

Policy

The operation on campus of bicycles (i.e., vehicles propelled solely by human-powered pedals) is subject to the provisions of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code. University Police can provide information on how to obtain a copy of the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual.

It is Carnegie Mellon's goal to provide regulations for a safe and convenient environment for bicycles and other wheeled transportation (e.g., skateboards, in-line skates and motorized carts), while at the same time providing for the safety of all members of the campus community.

Operators are required to operate at speeds that are prudent and reasonable under existing conditions. No person is allowed to operate any wheeled transportation inside any building or on any pedestrian ramp.  In any circumstances, anyone using a form of wheeled transportation must yield the right of way to pedestrians. In addition, the use of skateboards and in-line skates may be restricted in certain areas.

A bicycle is parked on campus at the risk of its owner. The University Police Department offers a facultative bicycle registration service with the objective of helping retrieve stolen bicycles; the Pittsburgh Police may be contacted for further information. It is strongly recommended that all bicycles used, stored, parked or operated on university property be licensed with and receive registration from University Police. Registered bicycles will be marked by a Carnegie Mellon University registration sticker. This sticker will note only the registration number. Owner information will be kept by University Police. This will allow University Police to notify a student, faculty or staff member if his/her bicycle is subject to removal and give him/her the opportunity to move it prior to impounding. There is no fee for registering a bicycle with University Police.

For operators' convenience, bicycle racks are provided at various campus locations. No bicycle shall be parked or stored in such a manner as to block entrance to or exit from any building or structure on campus, block walkways or stairs or to impede the normal movement of persons with disabilities. In addition, no bicycle or other form of wheeled transportation shall be parked, stored or left standing indoors in stairwells, hallways, foyers or any other location that violates federal, state or local fire and safety regulations.

No bicycle or other form of wheeled transportation shall be left in parking spaces provided for motor vehicles, on shrub or flower beds, or in any other places where they would hinder the travel of motor vehicles.

Finally, use of any indoor area for bicycle parking may be restricted when, in the best judgment of the person(s) responsible for the area, movement of the bicycle to that area or storage therein interferes with the routine activities normally conducted in that area. For additional information about this policy, removal and impoundment of bicycles, please consult the Web address cited above.

Contact

Questions concerning this policy or its intent should be directed to the University Police Department, 412-268-6232.