- Always check your bike carefully before riding it.
- Make certain the chain is on and all nuts and bolts
are properly tightened.
- Be sure the seat, handlebars, and any quick release
parts are secure.
- Inspect your bike thoroughly for any damaged or
defective parts which may cause an accident once you are
riding. Wear a helmet to protect your head in case of an
- Eye protection is also recommended to keep bugs,
dirt, and other debris from getting into your eyes.
- Equip your bike with the proper safety attachments,
including an audible warning device, a headlight and a
- Obey all traffic laws when riding your bike, and
remain alert for potential hazards. Drains can trap your
wheel and cause an accident. Motorists opening a door
into the roadway can also cause injury. Be aware of
vehicles passing you, and always check over your
shoulder or in your bike mirror before crossing a lane
Bicycles are a convenient, practical, and efficient way
to get around campus, as well as an enjoyable and healthy
means of recreation. The SSU Department of Public Safety encourages the use of
bicycles, especially instead of driving a car; we ask only
that cyclists abide by all other laws enacted for their own
Bikes and the Law
Section 4511.55(A) of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC)
requires persons riding bicycles in a roadway to do so in
compliance with all applicable motor vehicle laws. This
means cyclists must ride on the right hand side of the road
(not against the flow of traffic) and also obey all traffic
control devices such as stop signs, stop lights, and one way
signs. A good rule of thumb when riding your bike in a
roadway is to do so just as you would drive your car.
Section 4511.53 of the ORC prohibits passengers from riding
on bicycles, and requires all bikes to have a firmly
attached seat. The same section also prohibits carrying
anything on a bike which requires two hands to hold. Section
4511.55(B) prohibits more than two bicycles from riding
abreast in a roadway.
SSU Department of Public Safety offers free bicycle registration.
Registering your bicycle and participating in the
program will increase your chances of recovery if your
bicycle should be lost or stolen.
Click here for the bicycle registration form.
Where to Ride Bikes
Bikes may be ridden in any local roadway or area where
motorized vehicle operation is permitted. Shawnee State
University prohibits riding bicycles on sidewalks on campus.
Click here to view a map of permitted bike paths on campus.
Additionally, Portsmouth City Ordinance 373 prohibits
bicycle riding on sidewalks in business districts.
All bikes must be parked in one of the bike rack
locations. Do not lock bikes to other fixtures,
including light poles or handrails.