Be a responsible bicyclist

Feel safe when you ride around campus

Biking is an inexpensive, environmentally friendly and fast way to get around campus and the city of Williamsburg.  Biking is a also a fun way to stay in shape and reduce stress through exercise.  It is a relatively safe form of transportation, but make sure you follow these tips every time you bike to protect yourself and others on the road.

Safety tips
  • Obey all traffic controls and signs
  • Use proper hand signals when turning
  • Ride with the flow of traffic
  • Use a designated bike lane whenever possible
  • Dress safely- always wear a helmet and secure loose clothing that could become tangled in the bike gears
  • Don't carry anything that prevents you from having both hands on the handlebars - use a backpack or basket on your bike to carry your books
  • Ride defensively - anticipate the actions of others on the road and watch for road hazards and pedestrians
  • Pass vehicles with extreme care - turning vehicles may not see you
  • Maximize your visibility at night - wear reflective clothing and apply reflective tape to your bike
  • Walk your bike if you get into traffic situations beyond your cycling ability
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone when biking
Parking tips
  • Use campus or city bike racks to park your bike
  • Do not block sidewalks, handicap access or building exits when parking your  bike
  • Always lock your bike - secure both wheels and the frame to the bike rack using a bike lock
Bike registration
  • It is College policy that you must register your bike with the W&M Police Department
  • By registering your bike, you are protecting your bike.  If your bike is stolen, the police will have the necessary information to help them find your bike and return it to you.
  • Registration forms are available at the W&M Police Department, which is located at 201 Ukrop Way (next to the parking structure)
  • Registration only takes a few minutes, but will last for 6 years
  • To complete the registration, you will need your home address, your phone number, the make and model of your bike, the serial number of your bike and an estimate of the bike's value
REMEMBER

1.  Always wear a helmet

2.  Share the road

3.  Lock your bike when not in use

4.  Know your route