Bicycles are a very popular form of transportation for University of Central Missouri students, faculty and staff. In an effort to help improve bicycle parking facilities, aid in preventing theft of bicycles, and to provide bicycle owners guidelines for use of bicycles on campus, the Department of Public Safety has created new bicycle permits, and the University has approved new rules and regulations for bicycle owners on campus.
Students, faculty and staff members are required to register their bicycles with the Department of Public Safety Parking Services. Bicycles which do not already have a permit are required to be registered prior to the first day of classes, or immediately upon bringing them on campus. After the first day, a two week warning period will be given and then tickets will be issued for no permit. Permits are free and non-expiring, but must be transferred upon sale of the bicycle. Bicycle registration permits can be obtained at the Department of Public Safety at 306 Broad Street. Information needed for the permit will consist of:
1. Owner Information
2. Brand, Model and Serial numbers from bicycle
3. Description of the bicycle (color, type)
Bicycle permits should be adhered to the bicycle seat frame tube approximately four inches below the seat.
Bicycle Riding on Campus
Bicycles are prohibited from being ridden on "inner campus" from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. "Inner campus" is defined as being within the area bounded on the north by South St., on the west by Holden St., on the south by Clark St., and on the east by Maguire St.
Persons are prohibited from riding on the areas off streets, parking lots and sidewalks. Persons riding bicycles in prohibited areas are subject to the issuance of a University Traffic Ticket.
Bicycles must be ridden in accordance with applicable city ordinances and state laws.
Unicycles and tricycles are also prohibited during restricted times.
For the first two weeks after the beginning of each semester, warning strips will be attached to each bicycle that does not have a permit. The strip will state that a bicycle permit is required for each bicycle. After the two week grace period, all bicycles parked in a bike rack on university property will receive a notice of "confiscation" and have a UCM lock attached to the wheel. The owner of the bicycle must then contact the Department of Public Safety for removal of the lock. At the time of lock removal the officer will issue a ticket of $ 10.00 for Violation of Bicycle Regulations.
Bicycles parked on campus must be left in bicycle racks which are provided in convenient locations. Bicycles left elsewhere (railings, posts, trees, or inside University buildings) are subject to ticketing and removal. A $10.00 "Violation of Bicycle Regulations" ticket will be issued, the chain or lock cut, and the bicycle removed. The owner will be charged a $20.00 removal fee in addition to the fine.
Prevent Bicycle Theft
Each year students, faculty and staff of the University lose several hundred dollar's worth of property to bicycle thieves. In almost all of these thefts, the single contributing factor was the manner in which the bicycles were locked. It is important to lock your bike appropriately; but more importantly, choosing a quality locking device may prevent theft of your bicycle.
Choosing a Lock
Be leery of cheap locks. Remember you get what you pay for. You may have to pay a few dollars more for a quality lock, but isn't your bike worth it?
A good padlock should have at least a 7/16-inch hardened alloy steel shackle. If the steel is hardened, the word "hardened" will be stamped on the shackle.
Choose a cable or chain at least six feet in length so you can secure the frame and front wheel around an object. If you elect to use a chain, remember the heavier the better. Thicker steel links (3/8 or better "hardened" alloy steel) provide greater resistance to cutting or prying. If you select a cable, inspect it closely. Inspect the cable so that you do not have a thicker vinyl coating than steel.
Bicycle Lock Rental
A limited number of quality locks can be rented at the Department of Public Safety. This lock is one of the strongest and most durable locks you can buy. Locks can be rented for $20.00 per school year. Once the lock is returned, the rental fee will be returned.