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Move Safe

A safety campaign to promote harmony in mobility

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WALKING

Many people at Michigan State University choose walking as their preferred method to travel around campus. Here are a few safety tips to remember as a pedestrian at MSU:

  • Always follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Keep alert at all times; it is easy to get distracted and take your eyes off the road.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
  • Look for cars in all directions – including those turning left or right.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
  • Try to be visible at all times. If you are walking at night, bright clothing and reflective materials will help others see you.
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting parking lot driveways.
  • Remain in the pedestrian area and stay out of the bike lanes.

BIKING

Bicycling is a fun, healthy, and popular mode of transportation at MSU. Here are a few things you can to to practice safe cycling:

 

  • Wear a bicycle helmet.
  • Check your equipment before riding; inflate tires properly and check that the brakes work.
  • Try to make yourself visible to others with lights and bright clothing; just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
  • Place books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack so your hands maintain control of the bicycle.
  • Always use bike lanes or designated bike paths. University ordinances prohibit riding on sidewalks.
  • Share the road when bike lanes are unavailable. You have a legal right to ride in the road.
  • Go with the flow of traffic, not against it; ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as other vehicles.
  • A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re the driver… drivers must obey all traffic laws.
  • Yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
  • Stay alert and watch for anything that could make you lose control of your bike.
  • Using personal electronics when you ride can be distracting and unsafe.
  • When turning left or right, always look behind you and signal before making turns.
  • Bikers should verbalize when passing or approaching on the left (Say aloud, “On the left”)

DRIVING

Pedestrians and bicycles are vulnerable and drivers can do a few things to keep everyone safe:

  • Look out for pedestrians and cyclists everywhere, at all times.
  • Use extra caution when driving at night or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Yield to pedestrians and cyclists when turning.
  • Remember that University ordinances prohibit biking on sidewalks; drivers must share the road with bicycles, even when marked bike lanes are not available.

SCOOTERS & MOPEDS

If you are a moped operator, you must follow the same traffic rules as other motor vehicle operators. Students operating a moped on campus are required to register the vehicle with the MSU Parking Office. Mopeds that are under 100CC may be parked at a bike rack on campus, however, you should not ride your moped on the sidewalk to reach the bike racks.

Moped Permits
Effective Fall Semester 2017

Beginning August 30, 2017, operators of motorized moped type vehicles will be required to purchase a permit to be able to park at the bike racks on campus.

This new requirement is part of the transition to phase out mopeds being allowed to park at bike racks across campus. The transition of requiring mopeds to park in designated moped parking areas on campus is expected to take effect in the 2018-2019 academic year.

This new regulation is in response to the recommendation made by the All University Traffic and Transportation Committee (AUTTC) and the feedback received from students who submitted a proposal at the summer AUTTC meeting.

As a reminder, all mopeds and motorcycles must also be registered with the Michigan Secretary of State to be eligible to purchase an MSU parking permit. Additionally, mopeds and motorcycles are not permitted to drive on sidewalks, designated bike paths, or lawns.

Reserved Moped Parking Areas
Coming 2018-2019 Academic Year

During the 2018-2019 academic year, motorized moped type vehicles will no longer be permitted to park at the bicycle racks. Parking spaces designed specifically for moped use will be available in convenient locations across campus starting in the 2018 Fall Semester.