Bicycles On Campus
Bicycle commuting is a fun, environmentally friendly and inexpensive form of transportation. University Police and Facilities Services would like to share a few things to continue to make riding bicycles on campus fun and safe for all involved.
Bicycle parking is provided in key areas around campus and near building entrances. There is a mixture of types of racks on campus that accommodate different types of bicycles. A large majority of racks are a high-density style that accommodate standard wheel and tire sizes. If you have a cargo bike or fat tire bike you may want to seek out other rack types around campus. Often there are other available spaces in racks around the other side of a building. Bicycles, and other personal transportation devices, need to be parked in designated areas outlined in the Personal Transportation Device Policy (see link below). Bicycles, and other devices, that are improperly parked are subject to removal.
Bicycle parking regulations will be enforced starting August 31st. Prior to this date, improperly parked bikes or other personal transportation devices will be tagged to inform users of the regulations.
In addition to parking your bicycle correctly, safe operation is important for both you and those around you. Campus is congested during class change in areas like Centennial Mall and near active construction zones. On campus, bicyclists often share walkways, paths and sidewalks with pedestrians, skateboarders and other users. Please be aware of your surroundings and watch your travel speed. Shared spaces require extra awareness and vigilance.
In addition to bicycles, other forms of personal transportation devices are also good forms of transportation. MSU has recently adopted a Personal Transportation Device Policy that discusses the use of motorized, non-motorized and pedal assist E-bike devices on campus. Users of motorized devices, as defined in the policy, should be especially cautious of pedestrians when they interact with them at crosswalks or intersections. Sandwich boards may be placed around campus to warn bicyclists and other users of construction zones, congested areas and areas where it is wise to “Slow Your Roll” or walk your bike. The Personal Transportation Device Policy can be found at https://www.montana.edu/policy/personal_transportation_device_policy/index.html.
University staff have been working this summer to bring you improved opportunities for bicycle parking and education. You can find more information at the MSU Sustainability Office's webpage at https://www.montana.edu/sustainability/transportation/index.html.
University staff is continually trying to improve bicycling infrastructure and programs and enjoys chatting with students, faculty and staff regarding bicycling. For more information on bicycling on the MSU campus in Bozeman, please contact Campus Planner Candace Mastel at 406-994-7457.
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