Safety: A Shared Responsibility
LSU is considered a walking campus, and we make every effort to make the university as friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists as possible. But we need everyone’s help to make the campus a safer place. As such, please remember these safety tips.
- Remember that bicycles have all of the same rights and responsibilities as a car. Obey all traffic rules and regulations.
- Bike on the right side of the road not on an adjacent sidewalk, on a lawn or through the Quadrangle.
- Your bike must have a front headlamp when riding after dark.
- Avoid busy streets and be aware of your surroundings at intersections.
- Remember that crosswalks are for pedestrians only.
- Permanent residents of East Baton Rouge Parish should register their bike with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
- Use sidewalks and cross the street in designated crosswalks only. Avoid walking between parked cars, as they will block vehicles in the road from seeing your approach.
- Be aware of your surroundings at intersections. Look both ways before crossing the street – for both cars and bicycles.
- Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.
- Be wary. Most drivers are nice people, but don't count on them paying attention. Watch out – make eye contact to be sure they see you!
- Avoid texting, e-mailing, talking on the phone or other distractions while crossing streets.
- Obey all speed limits and traffic regulations at all times.
- Be aware of cars parked on the side of the street. Their doors may open suddenly or pedestrians or bicyclists may attempt to cross the street in between them.
- Do not assume that pedestrians or bicyclists see or hear you.
- Avoid texting, e-mailing, talking on the phone or other distractions while driving, especially on campus where pedestrians are prevalent.
- Louisiana law requires motorists to leave a safe distance of no less than three feet between themselves and cyclists.
Visit the Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation for all rules and regulations.