Bicycle Safety and Security
- Ride responsibly; wear a helmet and ride predictably. Ride in a straight line instead of weaving or changing position in the lane. Always leave at least 3' between yourself and any obstacle such as parked cars or shoulders that are in poor condition.
- Make sure your bicycle brakes are in working order.
- Vermont state law requires a white front light and rear red light when riding at night. Also, bright, reflective clothing increases your visibility and can help reduce conflicts.
- Always ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. Ride on roads and not sidewalks whenever possible. Remember, bicyclists are not permitted to ride on sidewalks in the Town of Middlebury downtown area.
- Do not ride the wrong way on a one way street. Drivers and pedestrians don't expect wrong way traffic.
- 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 are passing them with statements like “On Your Right!” You should also warn motor vehicle drivers if they are placing you in danger with their driving.
- Take extra care when passing parking lot exits or biking through a parking lot.
- Invest in a strong bicycle lock or strong padlock and chain. Chains should be casehardened steel with links of at least 5/8 inch in diameter.
- Walk bicycles across crosswalks to avoid bicycle/vehicle collisions.
- The map below provides information about the new roadways and directions of travel to downtown Middlebury from the College campus. Additional bicycling information can be found on the Town of Middlebury web page.
- Register your bike with the Department of Public Safety.
- Retain original purchase documentation including serial number.
- Always lock your bike. Optimally, bikes should be locked around the frame and through both wheels and secured to a bicycle rack.
- Always lock your bicycle to a rack and not a tree, bench, or handrail.
- Try not to lock your bike "free standing." A thief can easily walk away with a bike and remove the lock.
- Whenever possible, keep your bicycle inside. Most residence halls have designated "bike rooms".
- If you leave your bicycle outside, choose a well lit and heavily traveled location.
- Find out if your bicycle is covered by your parent's insurance policy. If not, it would be advisable to insure it.
- If left unattended or unlocked, a bicycle might be removed by the Department of Public Safety.
Bicycles locked to handrails or in walkways will also be removed and treated as abandoned. These bicycles are taken to Fletcher Barn Storage for safe-keeping by Public Safety officers and are subject to recovery/storage charges. If you are concerned that members of the Department of Public Safety or Facilities Services may have removed your bicycle, please contact the department to ascertain if your bicycle may be secured in Fletcher Barn storage.