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.