Bicycle Use on Campus: Rules & Tips

Bicycle Use on Campus: Rules and Tips

Working together makes our campus safer for everyone.

If you plan on using a bicycle as transportation while at the University, there are a few rules you should know, and some tips you should follow.

  • For your safety, wear a helmet and reflective outerwear.
  • Bicycles must only be parked in a bicycle rack. Do not park or fasten a bicycle against any post, sign, rail, tree, shrub, building or any other structure that is not a bicycle rack. It is subject to removal as it may interfere with regular grounds maintenance work (i.e. painting, grass cutting, clean up, or snow removal)
  • Bicycles fastened against handicap access ramp rails will have their locks cut and the bicycle will be removed.
  • Bicycles must be operated in a safe manner on campus. Obey traffic signs and the rules of the road. Please respect pedestrians - - they have the right of way at all times. A bicycle is a vehicle is governed by the Highway Traffic Act.
  • To prevent the theft of your bicycle you should fasten your bicycle securely using a good quality locking system. Security recommends a high quality "U" lock.
  • As an added precaution a secondary locking device should also be used. This added deterrence may save your bicycle from theft. 
  • Remove seats if you can.  Even a thief will want to sit down when they ride. 
  • We are creatures of habit. You will probably find you park your bicycle in the same location each day if you can. Get to know your fellow bicycle owner neighbours. Know what belongs to them and report any suspicious activity to Security right away.
  • If you are attending night classes, park your bicycle in a rack where lighting is good. 90 percent of all bicycle thefts occur in the hours of darkness.
  • Record your serial number and have it in a place you can access it in case of need. Adding a second unique identifying mark such as a student number aids in returning recovered bicycles to their proper owner. Use an etching tool to place an identifying number only you would know on several locations on your bicycle that are not readily visible. Thieves will attempt to remove identifying serial numbers. A secondary identification number may cause a stolen bicycle to be returned.
  • Remember that the security of your property is your responsibility. Lakehead University is not responsible for lost or stolen property.