Are you planning to use a bicycle while you are in college? Bicycles can provide convenient and cost-effective transportation, and help you stay fit and enjoy the natural beauty of your school at the same time.
Make sure your experience bicycling on campus is safe by following these tips and tricks.
1. Keep your bike safe
Bike theft is a common campus problem. Be sure you have a sturdy bicycle lock and use it; do not leave your bike outdoors overnight.
2. Register your bike
Registering your bike can help authorities return it to you if something should happen. Check with your campus transportation center to see if your school has a bike registry. Alternatively, consider a free national service like Bike Index to keep your ride trackable.
3. Consider bicycle insurance
You may already have insurance coverage for your bike under your parents’ homeowners policy or your own renters’ insurance, but if you find you are not covered under these policies you can purchase your own separate bicycle insurance.
4. Follow the rules of the road when riding, even on campus streets
- Know and obey all traffic rules like stop signs and traffic lights
- Ride in the same direction as traffic (never against it)
- Use hand signals to communicate turns
- Wear safety gear, including a helmet, to avoid injury
- Yield to emergency vehicles and pedestrians
5. Enjoy some extra free time
Studies show that students who take bikes to school, as opposed to taking a car, enjoy quicker rides to class that save time on travel and can find parking for their bicycles with far less hassle.