Bicycle Safety Advice

Biking at the Duck Pond

Safety Advice

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Watch for people exiting vehicles.
  • Bicyclists riding on roadways are safest when acting as a driver of a vehicle.
  • Remember that most accidents occur at intersections.
  • Per state law, always signal to indicate a turn.
  • Per state law, alert pedestrians when passing from behind.


A sharrow is a Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTC) approved shared lane marking that clarifies where, in that lane, people on bikes should ride. People may still bike on campus roads without sharrows. Sharrows remind people on bikes to avoid the door zone, which is the space needed for parked vehicles to open its doors. When sharrows are present, people on bikes should follow all vehicular laws.

How to use a Sharrow

  • People on bikes may take the full lane
  • People on bicycles should stay out of the door zone
  • People in cars must share the road

Information on specific laws can be found here.