Walking and Biking Safety

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Walking and biking is good exercise and great for the environment. Get tips on how pedestrians and bicyclists can be safe and be seen. 

Safe Walking Tips

  • Tell someone where you are and when to expect you home. Let them know when you make it home safely and make sure they have a plan if they don’t hear from you.
  • Walk in well-lit areas on sidewalks that are commonly used and heavily trafficked. 
  • Don’t talk or text on the phone or listen to music when you’re walking home at night. It will make you less aware of your surroundings and distract you from suspicious activity. 
  • Don’t be afraid to change your route. Trust your instincts. If you see something strange ahead of you, change directions. Try to avoid walking into an uncomfortable situation.
  • Hold your head high. Don’t look at the ground or look away from people when you pass them, but meet their eyes for a second and then continue on your way. 
  • If you’re drunk or on drugs, call a friend or a taxi. Your reaction time, perception of distance, and judgment will all be affected by substance use, and you cannot guarantee your own safety. 

UB Safety Shuttle

UB Parking and Transportation Services operates a Safety Shuttle available to students who want a ride to within a 1.5 mile radius of the South Campus.

Safe Bicycling Tips

Bicyclists are held to the same standards as drivers of other moving vehicles. Some basic rules of the road apply to riding a bicycle responsibly:

  • Pedestrians always have the right of way
  • Stay in control and ride within your ability
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Dismount and walk your bike when in any crowded pedestrian areas
  • Minimize your impact by staying off of lawns
  • Park and lock your bike only at designated bike racks

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