Use of Bicycles and Personal Transportation Devices

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(MUPIM 16.3/OAC 3339-16-03)

The possession and use of bicycles, Segways, hoverboards, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades, or other similar types of personal transportation devices is prohibited in all University buildings and facilities-including academic buildings and residence halls. Faculty, staff, students or visitors using bicycles, Segways, hoverboards , scooters , skateboards, rollerblades or other similar types of personal transportation devices in outdoor areas are required to exhibit due regard for the safety of pedestrians and obey all traffic laws. This policy does not prohibit the use of wheelchairs, Segways, scooters or similar personal transportation devices if being used to accommodate a person with a disability or a baby stroller or similar device when being used for transporting any child.

Individuals will be held personally responsible for any damage caused to University property as a result of the operation of bicycles, Segways, hoverboards, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades or other similar types of personal transportation devices on University property. Individuals assume the risk of personal injury/death and will be held responsible for injuries to themselves or others as a result of the improper operation of personal transportation device on university property. Pedestrians have the right of way at all times.

Personal Transportation Devices (MUPIM 16.3.A)

  1. Skateboards, Segways, hoverboards, scooters and rollerblades (or other personal transportation devices other than bicycles) may only be ridden upon designated bicycle paths and pedestrian pathways. Riding such devices on roadways or in parking lots is strictly prohibited at all times.
  2. The MUPD may identify and by appropriate signage designate certain areas in which riding of any particular type of personal transportation device is prohibited (e.g., it may designate certain pedestrian pathways as off-limits for skateboard riding because risks of personal injury are heightened due to steep grades, steps or congestion).
  3. Persons riding such devices must comply with all official traffic control devices and signs including posted signs prohibiting riding in a particular designated location.
  4. Device users must dismount and carry their devices across any pedestrian accessible area in which riding of such devices is prohibited.

Bicycles (MUPIM 16.3.B)

Operating of Bicycles (MUPIM 16.3.B.1)

  1. In areas where designated bicycle paths are provided, bicycles may only be ridden in such designated bicycle paths.
  2. Where bicycle paths are not available for reaching a particular location, bicycles may be ridden upon roadways and pedestrian sidewalks to reach such areas.
  3. The Miami University Police Department (MUPD) may identify and by appropriate signage designate some locations in which bicycle riding is prohibited either permanently or during certain time periods (e.g., restricting bicycle riding on certain highly congested pedestrian walkways during designated periods).
  4. Bicycle riders shall comply with all official traffic control devices and signs including posted signs prohibiting riding in a particular designated location. Bicyclists must dismount and walk their bicycles across any pedestrian accessible area in which bicycling riding is prohibited.

Parking of Bicycles (MUPIM 16.3.B.2)

  1. Bicycles may not be parked inside campus buildings except in residence hall rooms. Bicycles should be parked in bicycle racks. Chaining or securing bicycles to any object or structure other than the bicycle rack is prohibited.
  2. Bicycles must not be parked in such a manner as to hinder the safe flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  3. Bicycles parked in violation of this section may be removed by the University and/or their bicycles immobilized. Miami University is not responsible for damage to bicycles and locks incurred during removal.
  4. All bicycles must be removed from the racks at the end of spring semester. Bicycles not removed will be confiscated and charged a $25 storage fee.

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