(Abridges text from ordinances 10.00 and 33.00)

If a bicycle is operated, parked or possessed on MSU property, the MSU Police remind you that a bicycle must bear a current, valid and properly affixed permit issued by the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety, the City of Lansing, the City of East Lansing, Lansing Township or Meridian Township.

1. Registering. Any bicycle operated or possessed on campus must bear a current, valid and properly affixed permit issued by the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety, the City of Lansing, the City of East Lansing, Lansing Township or Meridian Township. Permits issued by the University are available online at www.police.msu.edu. The bicycle’s serial number or a self-selected number that has been engraved into the frame of the bicycle (engravers are available at the Police Desk) must be provided to register the bicycle. Permits must be attached according to the instructions on the back of the permit (to the frame post located below the bicycle seat).

2. Parking. Unattended bicycles must be placed in bicycle racks and locked. Under no circumstances shall bicycles be parked in shrubbery, near building exits or entrances, in vehicle parking areas, or next to poles, posts, trees, handrails, etc.

3. Impounding. Bicycles not properly parked, not registered, parked unlocked or in disrepair may be impounded. It may be reclaimed Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the MSU Parking Office upon proof of ownership and payment of the established impound fee. Impounded bicycles will be held at least 30 days, after which, unclaimed bicycles will be transferred to MSU Surplus to be sold.

4. Annual Cleanup. Starting the week after spring semester and during the summer, MSU Parking performs an annual bike cleanup. Bikes that are not registered with a valid permit will be impounded whether they are attached to a bicycle rack or not. Impoundment includes bikes that are in disrepair, or attached to meters, signs, railings, etc. A bicycle in proper repair that is locked to a bicycle rack and bears a current, valid and properly affixed permit issued by the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety, the City of Lansing, the City of East Lansing, Lansing Township or Meridian Township should not be impounded.

5. Operation. State law and local ordinances require that bicycles be operated as if they were motor vehicles. You are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in marked crosswalks, obey all traffic control signs and devices and keep as far to the right on the roadway as is possible, using bicycle lanes when available. Riding on sidewalks or footpaths, riding more than two abreast or riding against traffic is prohibited.

6. Equipment. Bicycles operated during dusk, darkness or dawn hours shall show a white light to the front and a red light or reflector to the rear.

7. Enforcement and Administration. MSU Police is responsible for the enforcement and administration of the University Traffic Ordinance, the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code and the bicycle licensing (registering) and control provisions thereof.

General bicycle information may be found at the MSU Police website or in the Student Parking and Driving Regulations at www.police.msu.eduOrdinance information may be found at https://trustees.msu.edu/ordinances/index.html.