Bicycles Should be Taken Home for the Summer

The Truman Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind the campus that bicycles must be removed from campus property before leaving for summer break. Exceptions will be made for summer session students taking classes during the summer.

DPS will tag all bikes left on campus after May graduation. If the tag is not removed by May 30, the bike will be deemed abandoned and seized by DPS.     

Abandoned or unclaimed bicycles will be kept for six months. After that time the owner shall presumed to have abandoned the bike, and it will be sold at a University auction. Junk bikes (i.e. damaged or un-repaired) abandoned on campus will be disposed of as trash.

As students finish the semester, they are reminded to consider the following campus bicycle guidelines:

* Bicycles parked on campus must be left in bicycle racks, which are provided in locations outside of most University buildings.

* Bikes are not to be left in buildings, entrances, ramps or any other hazardous location.

* Bikes should not be attached to any trees or light poles.

* Bicycles that are illegally parked are subject to parking tickets and/or confiscation by the Department of Public Safety.

* Anyone operating a bicycle must obey the same traffic control regulations that apply to cars and motorcycles, such as stopping for stop signs and riding in the right-hand portion of the roadway.

* When cycling on the roadway bicycles must be ridden with the flow of traffic and not against it. Bicyclists must also obey one-way street designations and are subject to all traffic laws.

* Bicycles ridden after dark must be equipped with a headlight, large red reflector on the rear, and white or amber pedal and spoke reflector.

* Bicycles should be ridden on streets, not on sidewalks, lawns or University-maintained parkways.

For more information, contact Department of Public Safety at 660.785.4176 or visit

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