Rules & Regulations



All of the information in this section also applies to mopeds.

  • Bicycles shall be ridden on approved bicycle routes and campus roads only. Riders must walk their bicycle at all other places. Specifically, bicycles shall not be ridden on sidewalks or on any pedestrian path in the limited bicycle zone, bounded by Fraser Road, Curtin Road, Shortlidge Road, and Pollock Road. Bicycles may be ridden on malls and pedestrian paths, other than those on central campus, given that the rider exercises due caution and yields to pedestrians. The operator of bicycles on malls and roadways must ride with regard for the safety of pedestrians and property and shall yield to pedestrians. Police Bike Patrols may operate on University walkways for routine patrol duties, when in pursuit of violators, or when responding to emergencies.
  • Bicycles shall be parked on campus at places clearly designated by the presence of bicycle racks. Specifically, a bicycle must not be parked in automobile parking spaces; on lawn areas; shrubs or flower beds; streets; driveways or in any building. This also includes sidewalks, trees, all hand railing, light poles, entrance ways to buildings, or places that hinder pedestrian travel. In the event a bicycle rack is full, the bicycle may be parked upright in the general vicinity, provided it does not impede pedestrian traffic. NEVER ATTACH YOUR BICYCLE TO A HANDRAIL!
  • Any abandoned or non-registered bicycle parked on campus, or any bicycle parked hindering University operations, obstructing steps or a handicap ramp, may be removed and impounded by Transportation Services. If it is necessary to cut a locking device to remove the bicycle, no reimbursement for the locking device will be made. If unclaimed within 90 days after impoundment, it shall be deemed a gift to the University, to be disposed of through appropriate University channels.
  • Any bicycle parked at any location of Penn State shall be parked at the risk of the owner, and should be locked at all times when unattended.
  • At University Park, a copy of the bicycle/moped regulations may be obtained at the Parking Office, at the Kiosks, University Police, or online at At other University locations, a copy may be obtained at the Business Office. 


  • Segways are restricted to sidewalks only, but shall use crosswalks to cross roads.
  •  Only people with disabilities who have a documented need to use the device inside buildings will be allowed to use them inside Penn State buildings. Penn State will consider the request of any faculty, student, or staff person who wants to use the Segway inside buildings as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As such, the person will be required to provide appropriate documentation that he or she has a disability that requires the use of a Segway for mobility inside our buildings.
    For students, the Office of Disability Services (116 Boucke Building, 814-863-1807) will be the office responsible for collecting such documentation.
    Faculty and staff should contact their Human Resources Representatives or the coordinator of ADA Programs in the Affirmative Action Office (328 Boucke Building, 814-863-0471).
  • Segways must be stored so that they do not block egress or access. They may not be stored in building lobbies, stairwells, stair towers, corridors and ramps inside or outside of buildings, or lined parking spaces. Segways may be walked inside buildings to approved and designated storage and/or charging areas.
  • Persons must operate their Segways at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the conditions having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.
  • Helmets meeting ANSI/Snell Memorial Foundation/ASTM standards must be worn at all times during operation of Segways. Students and visitors are encouraged to wear such helmets.
  • When in use between sunset and sunrise, Segways must be equipped with 1) on the front, a lamp that emits a beam of white light intended to illuminate the operator’s path and visible for a distance of at least 500 feet to the front, 2) a red reflector facing to the rear that shall be visible at least 500 feet to the rear, and 3) an amber reflector to each side. A lamp or lamps worn by the operator shall comply with these requirements.
  • Operators may not wear or use headphones or earphones except one earphone for a cellular telephone may be worn. 

Penn State's Policy SY16 Regulations for bicycles, moped, skateboards, scooter, in-line skates, roller skates, and electric personal assistive mobility devices.