Biking on Campus

Things to Do

Register Your Bike:  It is a theft deterrent and the only way to get a stolen bike back to you.  You can register at UAB Parking and Transportation Office, 608 8th street south.  Office hours 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Use The Biking Map:  Learn where to park your bike on campus. Click here to view the campus bike map.

Always Lock Your Bike:  The majority of stolen bikes either weren't locked or had a cable lock.  Only lock your bike to bicycle racks.  Thieves look for lone bikes and police will impound bikes locked to handicap rails.

Use Extra Locks:  Use a cable lock in addition to a U-lock to secure your wheels and seat.  Use a cable lock only as a secondary lock.

 

Riding Tips

Be Visible:  Outfit your bicycle with a headlight, rear light, and reflectors.  Ensure visibility at night by wearing light-toned clothes with reflective tape.  Although night time riding only accounts for 4% of total cycling time, 42% of cycling fatalities happen at night.

Make Eye Contact:  Establish eye contact with motorists to ensure they know you are on the road.

Use Hand Signals:  Signal all turns and stops ahead of time.  Check over your shoulder, then make your intended move when it is safe to do so.

Obey Traffic Symbols:  As a vehicle, bicycles must obey all of the road rules.

 

Safety Check List

Tire Pressure:  Correct tire pressure is printed on the tire.

Wheels and Spokes:  Check for worn tread or loose/broken spokes.

Brakes:  Pedal backwards.  You should feel the brake firmly engage.  Also, check your handbrakes.

Chain:  Your chain should be tight and free of obstructions.

Helmet:  Wearing a helmet is mandatory; the leading cause of death in bicycling accidents is head injury.  The helmet should fit firmly without squeezing.  Make sure it is low in front to cover the forehead.  Straps should meet at a point just below and in front of your ears.  The chin strap should fit snug at the back of your chin, near your throat.  Never wear a helmet that has been in a crash.


Know How to Avoid an Accident

Left Turn Accident:  Involves the driver of a car making a left turn directly in front of a cyclist.  Make eye contact with the approaching driver before the turn is made.  Otherwise, assume the driver does not see you.  Pointing your intended route to the approaching driver may help.

Crossing a Street:  When crossing a street in a crosswalk, you must be traveling at pedestrian speed (less than 5 mph).  This will give motorists a chance to see you and stop while you cross.

Right Turn Accident:  This occurs when the driver passes you then makes a right turn in the lane, cutting you off.  Keep to the center of the lane when approaching an intersection.  This will help to avoid the driver passing you before making the right turn.

Parked Car Open Door Accident:  Watch cars parked in front of you while riding.  Watch for brake lights and heads visible through the rear window.  Keep as far left of a parked car as practical.

Riding on the Road:  Bikes are required to travel in the same direction as cars.  Cyclists shall not ride more than two abreast on a roadway, except on paths set aside exclusively for bicycles.

 Need more information?  Contact Joy A. Smith, Parking and Transportation Manager, at 205-934-2717 or email at smithjoy@uab.edu.