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Bikes at Rice



RIDE RESPONSIBLY

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

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.

WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS

Yield to pedestriansPlease 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.)




USE YOUR BELL OR YELL

Yield to pedestriansIt 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!


BE COURTEOUS

Yield to pedestriansAs 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 RESPONSIBLY

bike lockPark 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:

  • Use a case-hardened “U” lock; cable locks are easily cut.
  • Lock your bicycle in racks provided by Rice University
  • Remember to also lock parts attached with quick-release mechanisms

 

 

 

SAFETY GUIDELINES

Bicycles are considered vehicles. Please observe the same traffic guidelines:

  • Stop at all stop signs
  • Watch for pedestrians, especially at crosswalksYield to pedestrians
  • Ride with the flow of traffic, never against it
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals
  • Ride on the right
  • Pass on the left
  • Slow down to pass pedestrians
  • Use your bell or yell
  • Use lights and reflectors after dark
  • Helmets are recommended
  • Be alert and ride safely



WHAT TO DO IF YOUR BICYCLE IS STOLEN

  • Contact RUPD as soon as possible at 713-348-6000 or stop by the station to report your bicycle stolen.
  • Report the theft whether your bike is registered or not. The likelihood of the bicycle being recovered is greater if it is registered. It is important for the RUPD to be aware of all bicycle thefts, to better assist in recovery.
  • Inform the RUPD of the make, model and color of the bicycle, as well as the location of the bicycle before the theft.

    For more information or suggestions about Rice’s bicycle safety guidelines, please contact RUPD at 713-348-6000 or rupd@rice.edu.



REGISTER YOUR BICYCLE TODAY!