Tips & Resources

Pitt faculty and staff cycling on campus.

Familiarize yourself with the rules of the road, as well as helpful resources, to make your ride to campus a breeze. 

Pennsylvania Bicycle Laws

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania maintains laws that ensure bikes can safely navigate streets alongside motor vehicles and pedestrians. We ask that everyone riding a bike on campus is familiar with these laws and abide by them at all times. 

  • Do not ride on sidewalks or in dedicated bus lanes. 
  • A front headlight and a rear reflector are required if you are biking from dusk to dawn. 
  • A rear bike light that blinks greatly increases visibility both at night and during the day. 
  • Always yield to pedestrians. 
  • Stop at red lights and stop signs. 
  • Do not ride against traffic. 
  • Although bike helmets are not required by law in Pennsylvania, we strongly encourage all riders to wear one while biking, especially if they are a new rider. 

For additional information on bike safety rules and regulations in the state of Pennsylvania, review the Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver's Manual

Tips for All-Weather Biking 

  • Prevent being splashed with tire mudguards and fenders. 
  • Invest in waterproof commuting clothing and bags to keep you and your belongings dry. 
  • Layer up clothing to keep you warm. 
  • Clean your chain and brakes regularly to remove grit, grime, and other buildup. 
  • Keep your lights on.
  • Port Authority buses are equipped with bike racks, so know where you can board public transit in the event of unpredictable or inclement weather. ​

Visit BikePGH to locate cycle shop and bike service locations, including bike sales, repairs, accessories, and co-op shops to learn bike maintenance.