|POLICY TITLE:||Carnegie Mellon Bicycle/Wheeled Transportation Policy|
|DATE OF ISSUANCE:||This Policy appears in the current issue of the Student Handbook. The most recent revision was approved by the President's Council on July 17, 1996. An additional minor revision was added by Faculty Senate on September 11, 1996.|
Office of the Vice President for Operations. Questions on Policy content should be directed to the University Police, 412-268-6232.
|Contains university regulations regarding the use of bicycles and other wheeled transportation on campus.|
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).
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.
Removal and Impoundment of Bicycles
Any University Police Officer or university official authorized by the university may remove and impound any bicycle which:
- Blocks or otherwise impedes normal entrance to or exit from any building on the university campus.
- Blocks or otherwise impedes traffic on any highway or sidewalk.
- Is parked in violation of any of the sections of this policy.
- Appears abandoned (unmoved from residential areas for at least six months; from academic areas for at least three months).
Bicycles or other wheeled vehicles impounded may be recovered only upon proof of ownership and after required fees are paid. Unclaimed bicycles shall be held for a minimum of three months, at which time the owner shall be presumed to have relinquished legal title. Such bicycles shall be disposed of through proper legal procedure.
University Police, Facilities Management Services or other university departments will not be responsible for any alleged damage or loss of accessories or equipment of an impounded unit.
Penalty for Violation
Owners are responsible for all costs involved in removal and storage of impounded items. Impounded units may be recovered only upon proof of ownership and after required fees are paid to the University Police Department.
Operators traveling in a manner that is deemed unsafe by a University Police Officer could be cited and issued the appropriate citation.