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Cycling Safety and Regulations

The TU Rider Network (TURN) encourages all cyclists to follow important safety rules and regulations.

If your bike is stolen, report the theft to Campus Security at 918-631-5555.

Ride Safely and Share the Road

Campus Security bike patrol

  • Protect your brain. Wear a properly fitted helmet with the strap fastened.
  • Conduct routine maintenance and repairs.
  • Obey traffic laws. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.
  • Ride on roads in the direction of traffic flow and obey all traffic signs and signals. Avoid riding on sidewalks.
  • Pass pedestrians, other cyclists and motor vehicles on the left. Never pass on the right or between lanes.
  • Ride as far to the right as is safe, but don’t be afraid to take the lane when the lane is too narrow for a bicyclist and a motor vehicle to share side by side.
  • Never hold on to a moving motor vehicle.
  • Don’t ride beside more than one other cyclist. Ride single file on two-lane roads. Never cross the centerline.
  • Be predictable. Use hand signals to indicate turns, slowing and stopping. Avoid weaving in and out of moving and parked vehicles. Make eye contact with motorists, other cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Be visible. Wear bright clothing during the day and white clothing at night. Bicycles ridden at night must have a white front light and a red rear reflector. A red rear light is recommended.
  • Don’t bike distracted. Put away your phone and earbuds.

Did you know?
Motorists are required to leave at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a cyclist.

Campus Bicycle Regulations
  • Cyclists must yield to pedestrians.
  • Cyclists must yield when entering or crossing a parking lot or street.
  • All bicycles brought to campus must be registered.
  • Bikes may be parked inside student rooms and apartments or outside at racks.
  • Bikes may not be parked in such a way that they constitute a hazard or interfere with emergency access.

More than 70 percent of TU Campus Security officers are trained for bike patrol. On any given shift, 20 percent of officers are on bikes.

Bike Theft Prevention
  • Always lock your bike even if you are only stopping for a few minutes.
  • Use a U-lock through the frame and at least one wheel. Lock your bike to a securely anchored rack or pole.
  • Take a picture of your bike and write down the serial number.
  • Register your bike with Parking and ID Services.
  • A registration sticker is required on all bikes brought to campus.
  • Bike registration is free and does not have to be renewed.
  • Registering your bike can help you get your bike back if it is stolen.
  • Bike registration is non-transferable. If you sell your bike or give it away, remove the TU registration sticker.
  • Unregistered bikes may be treated as abandoned by Campus Security.

Bikes that appear to be abandoned are impounded by Campus Security. If the owner of an abandoned bike cannot be found, the bicycle may be donated to Tulsa Hub, a nonprofit organization that provides certified bicycling-for-transportation education, refurbished bicycles, safety gear and follow-up support to members of the community in need.