- Register your bike — It is required and if something happens to your bike, this is your best chance for ever seeing it again. Fill out the online bicycle registration form and your registration decal will be mailed to you shortly.
- Buy a quality lock — You paid hundreds for your bike, don't skimp now. A coated U-LOCK is recommended for highest security. Make sure your FRAME and WHEEL are both securely locked to the bicycle rack. Thefts often occur because bikes are improperly locked and/or secured.
- Secure your bike — buy a quality lock and attach your bike to a bike hoop or rack on campus. Always lock your bike
- Maintenance — Tires, brakes, and chains need love too! A well maintained bike is a safer and more efficient bike. Aside from filling the tires with air, you may feel more comfortable letting a mechanic from a local bike shop inspect and work on your bike.
- Obey traffic signs — Brakes are better than breaks! Fewer wheels don't translate in less responsibility and that includes obeying traffic rules. Stop signs apply to all vehicles, including bikes.
- Chain bikes to handrails. Handrails must be kept clear for disability access into buildings. Bikes locked to handrails will be impounded
- Attach to trees, fences, bus shelters, or patio furniture
- Leave your bike for long periods of time. Bike racks are not intended as long-term storage facilities. Abandoned bikes will be tagged and removed
- Always lock your bike regardless of how long you will be away from it.
- Park in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
- For maximum protection, use both a cable-and-lock as well as a U-type lock. Thieves will seldom carry the tools necessary to break both types of locks.
- If you have quick-release hubs, don't forget to lock your wheels and seat-post.
- Use common sense and courtesy on your bike. When in a hurry, a driver would not drive his car on the sidewalk just because it was wide enough. Bicycling is prohibited on sidewalks that aren't designated as bicycle facilities.
- Walk your bike when you make the transition from the street to a parking spot and you have to cross a sidewalk; it's usually a short distance and if you walk it, you don't have to worry about running into someone.
- Headlights and reflectors are required by Texas law for nighttime riding. Be safer by becoming more visible. Wear light-colored clothing and use lights.
- Ride with traffic and follow lane markings.
- Use hand signals. Signaling your intentions is essential to let other drivers on the roadway know what you intend to do.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals; bicyclists have all the rights and duties of any other vehicle driver.
- Yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and crosswalks; give an audible signal before overtaking a pedestrian.
- When passing a bicycle, parked motor vehicle, or pedestrian, all bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers must leave at least three feet clearance until they have safely passed the other person, bicycle, or motor vehicle.
- Arm signals are required before turning. Learn them, and use them.
- Ride with the traffic.
- Ride as close as possible to the right hand curb or edge of road way except when overtaking a vehicle; preparing for a left turn; or avoiding fixed or moving objects, surface hazards, or narrow-width lanes.
- No more than two bicyclists may ride side by side within a single lane.
- Avoid collisions with pedestrians by paying attention to signs and pavement markings.
- Walk your bike when you make the transition from the street to a parking spot and you have to cross a sidewalk; it’s usually a short distance, and you won't have to worry about running into someone.
- Dismount areas are designated locations on campus where you must walk your bike. Watch for the signs, and walk your bike in those areas.
- Headlights and reflectors are required by Texas law for night-time riding. Be safer by becoming more visible. Wear light-colored clothing and use lights.
- Bicyclists may not carry any packages which prevent the individual from keeping at least one hand on the handle bars.
- Bicycles cannot carry more people than they are designed to carry.
- You may not attach other moving objects to your bike or attach your bike to other moving objects while on a roadway.
- Use a rearview mirror. The more you can see, the fewer surprises you'll encounter.
Bicycling at UTSA
Bicycles must be parked in accordance with the Parking & Traffic rules and regulations and state and local fire/safety regulations. Bicycle parking throughout the campus is designated by the presence of bicycle racks and lockers. The Parking & Traffic rules and regulations allow bicycle parking only at bicycle racks. Bicycles parked on stairs or secured to handrails, wheelchair ramps, and pedestrian ways pose a serious threat to mobility and visually impaired students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the hazard they may present, bicycles locked to street signs, gates, chains, and rails are often easier to steal. Bicycles not parked on bicycle racks are subject to impoundment and a fine may be issued to the owner. Owners will not be reimbursed for the cost of locks that are cut during impoundment.
If you are consistently having problems finding a convenient bike rack, please call our office at 210-458-PARK or e-mail us and we will try to add more spaces in the area.