Bicycle Safety

Wear a helmet and use front/rear lights:

officer wearing bicycle safety equipmentOn-campus conflict between pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and motor vehicles is a concern for everyone. With increasing frequency, these conflicts result in crashes causing injury and property damage.

Safety is the responsibility of us all. Therefore, the LSU Police Department has partnered with others to be able to provide free helmets and front/rear bicycle lights to bicyclists. This will also ensure that the laws of the road are being followed for everyone's safety. To request a free helmet or bicycle lights, you may stop by the Public Safety Building, which is located at 204 Sout Stadium Road, or by contacting our Community Outreach Division. 

In Louisiana, bicycles are required to follow the rules of the road, the same as vehicles. Adhering to one-way streets, stop signs, riding on the right side of the road, not riding in crosswalks, and yielding to pedestrians are just some of the many requirements for bicycle operators. 

  • LRS 32:71 Driving on right side of road
  • LRS 32:101 Required position and method of turning at intersections
  • LRS 32:123 Stop signs and yield signs
  • LRS 32:124 Vehicle entering highway from private road, driveway, alley or building  
  • LRS 32:194 Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles
  • LRS 32:329.1 Bicycles; front lamps; rear lamps; side and rear deflectors

Securing your bicycle:

Bicycle theft does occur on campus. You may view this video and diagram below that both illustrate how to properly secure your bicycle. It is advisable to use a hardened alloy U-style lock, in addition to a chain or cable lock.

A Parish (County) ordinance requires all bicycles to be registered with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD). LSU PD has partnered with BRPD to provide free online registration of bicycles. Be sure to register your bicycle in the event that it is lost or stolen as it will better assist LSU Police in trying to locate it.  

Individuals should not attempt to recover stolen property. Report stolen property to Police for action. 

To properly secure: U-lock must be around bicycle frame, one wheel, and a fixed object.