Bicycle Policies and Safety
The use of bicycles on campus is widely encouraged, however, it is imperative that everyone practice safety when riding and storing your bike on campus. In addition to the safety tips and regulations listed below, the Office of Campus Safety offers the opportunity for all faculty, staff and students to register their bicycles with our office. Registration is free, and it is strongly encouraged as it will allow us to assist you in safeguarding your property. You must bring your bicycle with you to the Office of Campus Safety to register it. You may also register your bicycle at the Mount Vernon Police Department, free of charge.
When using a bicycle on campus, please do not lock it to or lean it against lamp posts, hand rails, buildings, or other campus property not intended to host bicycles since this action can create safety escape hazards, interfere with maintenance work, and cause damage to the property and the bike. Bicycles found in areas other than designated bicycle racks will be removed by Campus Safety staff. If an improperly stowed bicycle is locked, it may be necessary for the chain or lock to be cut, particularly if the owner cannot be identified.
The following are tips that all bicyclists should abide by while riding on campus to ensure the safety of the riders and pedestrians.
- Ride on the right side of the street (or sidewalk). Go with traffic, not against.
- When riding at night a white light in front and a red light or reflector is required by state law.
- Obey all traffic signals, signs and roadway devices.
- Wear a helmet.
- Use the bike racks located at every residence hall and at various locations around campus. Do not lock or place bicycles against lamp post or railings.
- Always lock your bike.
- Use hand signals to indicate turns, lane changes and stopping.
If at any time you discover your bicycle missing, come to the Campus Safety Office immediately to file a report. All bicycles not claimed within 60 days will become property of the College. If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Safety office at x4299, or 895-4229 from an off-campus phone.
Campus Safety is please to announce that we will begin providing secure and indoor bike storage for residential students for over the winter months. Please read below for the process and protocol.
Bike storage will begin November 30th and all bikes must be removed from storage by the end of March.
Any bikes left after March, Campus Safety will notify owner via email. Failure to claim bike within 60 days of notice will result in the bike becoming property of Cornell College.
Bikes may not be stored over the summer.
All bikes must be registered with Campus Safety to be stored. Registration is available at the Purple Bikes Bike Shop, located in the basement of Bowman-Carter, off the Ped Mall, or in the Campus Safety Office.To store your bike:
- Go to the Purple Bike Shop, Monday through Friday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
- Check in your bike with the on-duty Bike Shop staff member
- The Bike Shop will close for the season on December 14th
- To store your bike after December 14th, bring it to the Campus Safety Office from 4pm to 8pm.
- A Campus Safety officer or Bike Shop staff member will place bike in and remove from storage area.