Man rides a bike outdoors in the park on a sunny day at sunset
Man rides a bike outdoors in the park on a sunny day at sunset.

Review advice for staying safe on bicycles and scooters

When you need to get across campus quickly, a bicycle or scooter can be an efficient way to do that. But like any mode of transportation, it is important to do so safely—for yourself and for others around you. We’ve pulled together some advice and guidance to make sure you follow, whether you’re moving about on campus or elsewhere.

  • Always wear a helmet! Helmets are sold at the Thwing Center info counter for $12. Cash and Case Cash are accepted.
  • Announce yourself. Make your presence known when passing walkers by saying something like: “passing on the left.” 
  • Pedestrians always have the right of way. Always use designated bike lanes on the street whenever available. If you’re in a crowded area, please walk your wheels.
  • Cars can’t see you. Remember to ride where drivers can see you, wear bright clothing, use a front white and rear red light, and don’t ride on sidewalks.
  • Follow the law. You have the same rights and duties as drivers.
  • Be predictable. Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Signal turns and ride in a straight line.
  • Think ahead. Anticipate the movements of other road users. Keep an eye out for hazards so you are prepared to pass safely rather than swerving at the last minute.

When you’re not riding, always make sure to secure your bike or park your scooter in the appropriate designated area to keep walkways accessible and clear for pedestrians—do not chain bikes to signs, posts or handrails. Need a bike lock? Undergraduate students get a free U-Lock when they register their bikes for free with CWRU police.

You can learn more about bike safety by visiting the League of American Bicyclists’ website for convenient guides and information on things like choosing the right helmet, what to wear and signaling.