Partner with YOUR STATE on bike rules, safety

August 16, 2011

With a tremendous increase in bike use on campus, Mississippi State is
working to make the campus as friendly to bicycles as possible. Not only are
bicycles a healthy alternative to cars, but they also help alleviate traffic
and parking on campus.

Below are various rules for bicycle use on campus.

1. Cyclists should use extreme caution and slow down or walk their
bicycles when interacting with pedestrians, such as when using sidewalks to access bike racks.

2. Pedestrian crosswalks are not for bicycles. Automobiles are not
required by law nor equipped with the reaction time to stop for bikes
shooting across crosswalks. Bicyclists wishing to use crosswalks should
walk their bikes through the crosswalk as a pedestrian.

3. Bicycles using campus roadways operate with the same rules as

4. Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to wear safety equipment while on campus
(including helmets), as well as properly maintain the mechanical aspects
of their bike for the safest riding experience possible. The City of Starkville also would like to remind bicyclists of the responsibility of riding between campus and the city. Starkville has a helmet ordinance which requires ALL persons on a bicycle to wear a helmet. Cyclists can be cited and fined for not wearing a helmet when riding in the city limits of Starkville. For more info
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5. Bike rack use on campus is mandatory. All bike riders are asked to
assist the university by not locking bikes in such a way that they
block sidewalks or handicap access to buildings. Furthermore, bike riders are asked to refrain from locking bikes to campus trees or foliage, light poles or other freestanding posts or railings, or any other freestanding structures (except bike racks). Please keep in mind there is a large population of students with disabilities who require accessible pathways and specific access to buildings, and the university is required by law to protect this access.

6. Bikes locked or left anywhere besides a bike rack are subject to
the lock being cut and the bike being impounded by University Police. The
owner also is subject to a fine as outlined in OP 91.307: Policies for
Traffic and Parking Rules and Regulations for the Campus and Streets of Mississippi State University.

Thank you for partnering with MSU to help keep campus safe and accessible
to students. Questions or comments about this email or the
university bicycle policy can be directed to the Dean of Students Office, Room 112, Lee Hall.