Below are bicycle related excerpts from OSU's Vehicle Use and Parking Policies (link to full policy document

4.10. Non-motorized vehicles (definition): Bicycles, skateboards, skates, scooters, and other conveyances that lack a motor. Motor-assisted scooters or bicycles that cannot travel more than the speed limits approved by ORS 801.348 and ORS 801.258 are also considered non-motorized vehicles for the purposes of this university standard.

5.5. Non-motorized Vehicle Responsibilities

5.5.1. Non-motorized vehicles can only be used on campus in accordance with state and local laws, this university standard, and in a safe, reasonable, and prudent manner, having due regard to traffic, pedestrians' rights, surface of the roadway, hazards at intersections, and any other condition then existing.

5.5.2. The use of non-motorized vehicles is prohibited within university-owned or -controlled buildings, including the parking garage, unless for official university business purposes.

5.5.3. Non-motorized vehicles may be operated on the university’s paved roadways that are designed for vehicular travel.

5.5.4. Non-motorized vehicles may be operated on paths, walkways, and sidewalks at no greater than at walking speed, and the user must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

5.5.5. Non-motorized vehicles shall not be ridden within signed dismount zones, which indicate areas where operators of non-motorized vehicles must dismount and walk their vehicle.

5.5.6. Non-motorized vehicles shall not be used in a way that endangers the user or others.

5.5.7. Bicycles must be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

5.5.8. A bicycle or its rider must be equipped with lighting equipment that must be used during hours of darkness and during limited visibility conditions in accordance with ORS 815.280.

5.5.9. Non-motorized vehicles involved in collisions shall call the Department of Public Safety on the campus on which the collision occurs for assistance. All involved individuals shall remain at the collision site until released by the attending officer. When a collision results in an injury, a written accident report must be submitted to the Department of Public Safety by the individuals involved.

5.5.10. Non-motorized vehicles may be parked or stored in designated areas only such as signed storage facilities, bicycle and skateboard racks, bicycle lockers, or bicycle cages.

a. Parking a non-motorized vehicle in a way that hinders the use of a storage facility by other parkers is prohibited.

b. Parking a non-motorized vehicle in any way that limits any university operations or pedestrian/vehicle circulation is prohibited.

c. Parking a bicycle in a way that creates a hazard is prohibited. Examples of creating a hazard include, but are not limited to:

i. Blocking the bicycle or traffic lane;

ii. Blocking access to any stairway, ramp, or doorway; or,

iii. Blocking access to any handrail or other device used to aid entry to a building or structure.

5.5.11. Non-motorized vehicles parked at bicycle racks at or near academic or research buildings longer than five (5) days will be considered abandoned and may be impounded.

5.5.12. Non-motorized vehicles may be impounded by the Department of Public Safety if they are left in a place that creates a safety hazard or if they appear to be non-functional or abandoned. A notice of impoundment will be placed on non-motorized vehicles prior to their impoundment and may be claimed from Department of Public Safety. The university will not be liable for the cost of repair or replacement of a securing device damaged when removing and impounding a non-motorized vehicle. After 30 days the university may discard any unclaimed impounded non-motorized vehicles.

9. History

9.1. Adopted by OSU on July 1, 2014 as University Standard 576-030.

9.2. Amended: October 2, 2019.

9.3. Last review date: October 2, 2019.

9.4. Next scheduled review date: October, 2022.