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Cyclists and mobility device users reminded to be visible and predictable

With the start of spring and warmer weather around the corner, many Penn State students, faculty, and staff will more regularly use bicycles and other personal mobility devices to get to, from, and around campus.

Transportation Services and University Police and Public Safety are sharing the following safety reminders based on recommendations from The League of America Bicyclists to help riders reduce the risk of accidents and injuries:

Be Visible

  • Be aware of blind spots and ride where people can see you.
  • Wear bright clothing.
  • Use a front white light, red rear light, and reflectors.
  • Make eye contact with others.

Be Predictable

  • Obey traffic signals and stop at stop signs.
  • Travel with traffic and use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
  • Ride in a straight line.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Signal turns and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

Riders should also familiarize themselves with Penn State Policy SY16 and the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code before riding to ensure compliance with campus and state rules regarding bikes and other mobility devices. Failing to use bike lights between dusk and dawn, not stopping at stop signs, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and other moving violations can result in being ticketed. Riders ticketed on campus are eligible to have their first ticket waived by completing an online training platform within 10 days of the ticket date.Visit biking.psu.edu for more information on use of bikes and other mobility devices on campus.

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