Bicycling is convenient, healthy, and a sustainable alternative to driving to campus. It's virtually cost-free and allows much closer access to your destination than vehicle parking lots. Cycling to the University of Utah can be a fun, practical, and productive way of making exercise a regular part of your life. This page is intended as commuting resource for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
If you would like to become involved with or make suggestions regarding bicycle improvements on campus, email our Facilities Coordinator: Solomon Brumbaugh
Campus Bicycle Guidelines
- Leave bicycles in designated parking areas only.
- The speed limit on sidewalks is 10 mph.
- Walk your bicycle through congested pedestrian areas, narrow walkways and ADA ramps.
Bike racks are located throughout campus. Bicycles should be locked to a bike rack using a U-lock and cable combination. Please do not lock your bike to fences, signposts, disability ramps, stair railings, or trees.
For further information on Campus Guidelines and Regulations visit: http://www.regulations.utah.edu/administration/3-232.html
- Wear a helmet.
- Always lock your bike
- Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. Obey traffic rules and signs.
- Keep your bike in good working order. Check your tires, chain, and brakes regularly.
- Ride with traffic on the right side of the road (not against traffic).
- For night riding, equip your bike with a headlight, taillight, and reflectors.
- Ride as far to the right as is practical, but beware of debris and uneven pavement.
- Be predictable. Ride in a straight line. Do not weave in and out of parked cars.
- Be aware of all vehicles around you whether moving or parked. Look for cars performing sudden lane changes, and doors opening from parked cars.
- Ride single file when traveling in groups.
- Be especially cautious when riding through intersections--anticipate motorists and pedestrians planning to turn into your path.
- TRAX trains can be very quiet and the rails can be very slippery. Be aware of the dangers associated with trains on campus. Cyclist must walk the bicycle when on the station platform or when crossing the tracks. Download a UTA bicycling brochure here.
Bicycle Master Plan
What does this mean for Students?
The University of Utah is realizing the community's strong desires for bicycle facilities. With the creation and adoption of the 2011 Bicycle Master Plan, the University of Utah is committed to making bicycling a real factor in its transportation toolbox. An increasing portion of university students, faculty and staff utilize bicycles to commute to campus. It is a goal of the university to provide functional and sustainable transportation systems to support bicycling on campus.
The Bicycle Master Plan has several initiatives.
- Establish a strong network of bicycle routes throughout campus, making use of existing roadways (via striped bike lanes) wherever possible
- Working together with Salt Lake City, and the State of Utah, improve cycling access to and from the campus, and in between different sections of campus.
- Increase the number of bike racks and bike lockers on campus so bicycles can be securely stored once they arrive on campus. Improve recovery of stolen bikes through a mandatory registration program.
- Establish mechanisms for direct reporting and repair of bicycle faculties. See a problem TEXT: 801-382-8449 or EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Initiate an aggressive education and safety program to develop and maintain a harmonious, mixed transportation system that includes cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists as equal partners.
- Establish a standing committee to carry over and monitor the success of the Master plan. To join committee meetings and become involved EMAIL: Solomon Brumbaugh