Students, faculty and staff that use bicycles on campus are required to register their bicycles with the Department of Public Safety. The owner must register online and will then be issued a Middlebury College decal containing a license number. The owner must affix the decal on the frame of the bicycle, preferably under the seat post.
Where do I find my bike's serial number?
The majority of serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. Simply turn the bike upside down and record the number. If there is no serial number in this location, check places like the headset at the front of the bike or the rear stays.
The best chance at recovering a stolen bicycle is having it registered.
- Retain the original purchase documentation, including the serial number.
- If possible, take a photo of your bike. It can help with recovery if your bike is ever stolen
- Always lock your bike. Optimally, bikes should be locked around the frame and through both wheels, as well as secured to a bike rack.
- Do not lock your bike to a tree, bench, or handrail.
- Invest in a strong bicycle lock or strong padlock and chain. Chains should be case-hardened steel with links at least 5/8 inch in diameter.
- Whenever possible, keep your bicycle inside. Most residence halls have designated bike rooms.
- If you leave your bicycle outside, keep it in a well-lit and heavily traveled location.
- Find out if your parents’ insurance policy covers your bicycle. If not, consider insuring it.
- DPS or FS will remove bicycles locked to handrails or in walkways and will fine the bike owners.
- Ride responsibly and always wear a helmet. Don’t weave or change lane positions. Always leave at least 3 feet between yourself and obstacles such as parked cars or poorly maintained shoulders.
- Make sure your bicycle brakes are in working order.
- Vermont state law requires a white front light and rear red light for night riding. Also, wear right, reflective clothing, which will increase your visibility and help reduce conflicts.
- California state law (CVC §21201) requires lights and reflectors at night. During darkness bicyclist must have the following equipment. (Front lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of 300 feet, a rear reflector visible from a distance of 500 feet, a white or yellow reflector on each pedal or on the bicyclist shoes or ankles visible from a distance of 200 feet. A brake which will enable to operator to make a one brake wheel stop on dry, level, clean pavement.)
- Always ride with the flow of traffic, on the road’s right-hand side. Ride on roads and not sidewalks whenever possible. Remember, bicyclists aren’t permitted to ride on sidewalks in Middlebury’s downtown.
- Don’t ride the wrong way on a one-way street.
- Obey all traffic laws and always use hand signals when turning.
- Pay attention to your surroundings: keep alert, don't wear headphones, and warn pedestrians or fellow riders when you’re passing them. Also warn vehicle drivers if their driving places you in danger.
- Take extra care when passing parking lot exits or biking through a parking lot.
- Walk bicycles across crosswalks to avoid bicycle/vehicle collisions.