Using a bicycle is a cost-effective method of transportation. There are some things you should know before you use one on campus. Please take time to check out the regulations and registration information available on this Web site.


To help prevent theft and to help recover your bicycle if it is stolen, we encourage you to register your bicycle with the University Police. Registration is free.

Registration is easy to do; here’s how:

  • Complete a bicycle registration card at the MSU Police Department.
  • Make sure you include the serial number so that your bike can be traced.
  • Affix the registration decal to the frame of your bicycle.

It’s that easy to protect your bike.

Regulations and Prevention

The purpose of the Montana State University bicycle program is to promote an environment in which bicycles, pedestrians, and motor vehicles can safely co-exist. Bicycles are an efficient, enjoyable, and environmentally sound way to travel around campus, and we encourage the safe and courteous use of bicycles. The following is provided to inform bicycle riders of important information regarding bicycle use at Montana State University-Bozeman.

If you ride a bicycle at MSU, please take a few moments to become familiar with this information.


Theft Prevention

  • Bicycle theft is a nationwide problem, particularly on university campuses. Unfortunately, MSU it not immune to this problem.
  • Bicycles are among the most frequently stolen type of property at MSU. Most of the bicycles stolen at MSU are either UNLOCKED or secured with POOR QUALITY LOCKS at the time of the theft.
  • It takes only a few seconds for a thief to get away with your bicycle when it is left unlocked.
  • Here are some suggestions which may help you in preventing a bicycle theft:
    • KEEP your bicycle locked at all times. Check with a bicycle dealer for an appropriate lock.
    • ALWAYS secure the bicycle to a bicycle rack! If your bicycle is not secured to a solid object, all a thief has to do is pick it up and carry it away. This has happened before, don’t let it happen to you.
    • REGISTER your bicycle with the MSU Police. This provides important information to help recover your bicycle if it is stolen, and helps the police get it back to you if it is recovered.
    • REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY — particularly persons loitering around bicycle racks.


Ride Safely

  • Scan the road behind. Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving left. Always look back before changing lanes or changing positions within your lane.
  • Go slow on sidewalks and bicycle paths. Pedestrians have the right-of-way. By law you must give pedestrians audible warning when you pass. Don’t cross driveways or intersections without slowing to walker’s pace and looking very carefully for traffic from behind, especially traffic turning right.
  • Ride in a straight line whenever possible. Ride with the traffic. Keep to the right, but stay a car door-width away from parked cars.
  • Avoid road hazards. Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, slippery manhole covers, oily pavement, gravel, and ice. Cross railroad tracks and speed bumps carefully at right angles.
  • Choose the best way to turn left. There are two ways to make a left turn: 1) Like an auto, signal, move into the left lane, and turn left. 2) Like a pedestrian, head directly to the far-side crosswalk. Walk your bicycle across.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals. Cyclists must behave like other vehicles if they are to be taken seriously by motorists.
  • Ride a well-equipped bicycle. Always use a strong headlight and taillight at night and when visibility is poor. Be sure your bicycle is adjusted to fit you properly. For safety and efficiency, outfit it with bells, rear-view mirrors, fenders (for rainy rides), and racks, baskets or bicycle bags.

General Regulations

  1. Montana State University assumes no responsibility for the care and protection of any bicycle, attached accessories, or contents at any time. However, bicycle theft prevention information is available through the Montana State University Police Department.
  2. Bicycles parked on campus must be parked in a bicycle rack.
  3. Parking a bicycle in any manner which creates a hazard or impedes access will be subject to immediate impoundment.

The complete regulations can be found here.



Many students on campus have disabilities which limit their hearing, vision, or mobility. They may not be able to see or hear your approach, or be able to quickly move out of the way of a speeding bicycle. THEIR SAFETY DEPENDS ON YOUR COURTESY! When passing pedestrians, please bear this in mind.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please call us at (406) 994-2121.