Bicycles are a popular transportation mode in college communities throughout the country, especially for students. They are a cheap and easy way to get to and around campus, avoiding traffic congestion and the hunt for parking. But like operators of other modes, bicyclists do not ride in isolation. They often share the same streets with cars and buses, sometimes share space with pedestrians and rollerbladers, and other times have their own dedicated facilities. Regardless of where they operate, bicycles are a key component of RIT’s transportation system. In the past, there was no formal program or attention given to this transportation system. As a result of the Comprehensive Parking and Transportation Strategy several steps will be taken in the coming years to establish this program. This includes ultimately providing:
- Bicycle Facilities: on- and off-street bike facilities that will enhance the bicycling environment on campus and improve safety and circulation for bicycles and pedestrians. This system will have three main components: off-street paths, on-street bike routes, and east/west bike corridors.
- Bicycle Parking: in general to be provided at every building entrance, especially at buildings that generate high bike traffic, such as dorms, the student union, rec center, and the library. In addition, opportunities for covered bicycle parking. Long term storage facilities will also be considered.
- Wayfinding and Signage: a comprehensive and unified wayfinding and signage program to direct bicyclists to and around campus and to promote bicycle safety through reducing conflicts with pedestrians and vehicles.
- Education and Promotion: promotional campaign to inform the campus community and general public about bicyclists’ rights, rules of the road, and general safety.
This program is only in its inception stage and significant effort will be undertaken within the next year in cooperation with the RIT Cycling Club. Please see below for more information.
- Bicyclist's Rights and Rules of the Road
- Bicycle Safety and Theft Prevention
- Frequently Asked Questions – Bikes
- Links & Resources
- Recommended Bicycling Routes on Campus
Bicycle Parking Questions?
Request a rack today! Tell us where you'd like to see more bike parking, so that we can plan for it in the future construction.