Bicycles provide a convenient, environmentally friendly way to move around the campus. With the increasing number of bicycles and pedestrians, it is important that each rider act responsibly to avoid injury. By keeping in mind some simple rules and courtesies, we can create a safe environment for everyone.
As an extra safety precaution this year, we are encouraging a “Bell or Yell” campaign for bicycle riders to announce their presence to pedestrians. Rice bicycle bells will be provided when you register your bikes.
Register your bicycle with the Rice University Police Department (RUPD). To register, you will need to submit the serial number for your bicycle. (If your bicycle does not have a serial number, the RUPD will be happy to assist you engraving an identification number on your bicycle.) Registration helps RUPD return stolen bicycles to their owners and prosecute bicycle thieves.
Please yield to pedestrians at all times. Pedestrians generally have the right of way. No one wants to see an injury occur, and you may be liable if you hit someone. (It’s a good idea to check your homeowner, automobile, or personal liability insurance policies to make sure you are protected.)
It is important to notify pedestrians that you are approaching on your bicycle. Within a reasonable distance, alert pedestrians that you are approaching by saying: “Excuse me,” “On your left,” or “Behind you,” or use a bicycle bell. Pass slowly, treating pedestrians as having the right of way. Do not startle pedestrians.
Get a free Rice Bicycle Bell when you register your bicycle!
As you ride through campus, please be aware of your surroundings and be courteous to others using the walkways and streets. Rice University has many visitors on campus, some of whom may not be aware of our campus culture. To avoid accidents, please be aware that some pedestrians and riders may be using headphones or be distracted by other factors. If you use earphones while biking, please use only one earphone in order to remain alert to pedestrians and vehicles.
Park your bicycle only in designated bicycle racks provided amply throughout the campus. Do not block sidewalks or walkways. Illegally parked bicycles will be removed by the RUPD. Secure your bicycle by following these tips:
Bicycles are considered vehicles. Please observe the same traffic guidelines: