Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Safety
Know safety. Know the rules.
Bike & Scooter Safety
- Wear a helmet each time you ride a bicycle or scooter.
- Make sure your bicycle or scooter is functioning properly before riding it.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Don’t wear earbuds/headphones/AirPods while riding your bicycle or scooter.
- Stunt riding, trick riding or free styling is not permitted on University property.
- Ride as close to the right side of the road as practicable, but take the lane when necessary to make yourself visible.
Observe all traffic laws:
- Stop at stop signs and red traffic signals.
- Don't ride the wrong way on one way streets.
- Always ride with the flow of traffic.
- Use hand signals to indicate upcoming turns and stops to other riders and drivers.
- Ride in a predictable manner and avoid weaving in and out of parked cars or traffic.
- Equip your bicycle or scooter with front and rear lights to increase visibility.
- Operate safely and courteously, following university rules and state laws.
- Damaged bicycles or scooters may not be stored or parked on campus.
Parking is available throughout campus at designated bicycle racks only.
- Do not lock bikes to any tree or plant shrub.
- Do not park bikes or secure bikes to any entrance/exit ramp, stairway, or stairwell railing.
- Bicycles parked or stored in violation of regulations including the University Traffic and Parking Regulations may be cited, removed and/or impounded at the owner’s expense.
- Summer session students must register for a special permit to keep their bicycles and scooters on campus throughout the summer. All bikes and scooters left without a summer session permit will be considered abandoned and may be donated or disposed of.
- Bicycles and scooters are frequently targeted by thieves. Properly lock your bike using a U-Lock type lock.
- Registration with NDPD and proper permitting of bicycles, scooters, and Personal Electric Vehicles is required. Registration is free and can be done online or in person.
Faculty, staff, and students must register and request a permit by completing the following steps:
Log in to insideND.
Search for “ParkND.”
At the top of the screen, using the drop-down menu, click “Permits” and “Get Permits.”
Select permit type “Bicycle/Scooter Permit”, then click "Next"
Click "Add Bicycle/Scooter"
Enter the identifying information:
Type: “Bike”, "E-Bike", OR “Scooter”
Manufacturer: [brand of bicycle or scooter]
Serial number: [serial number of bicycle or scooter]
*If you cannot locate the serial number or if the serial number is illegible, bring your bike/scooter to Hammes Mowbray Hall to register in-person.
Color: [primary color of bicycle or scooter]
Upload a legible photo of the serial number.
Proceed through the screens until your receive a confirmation of your permit order.
Upon registration, the Notre Dame Police Department will verify the information, process the permit accordingly, and notify the faculty, staff, or student that their permit is either ready for pick-up or has been mailed to their campus address.
If you have any questions or experience issues with registration, please stop into Hammes Mowbray Hall or send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible.
- Walk on the sidewalk.
- Cross only at marked crosswalks and intersections.
- Look left, right, and left again for traffic before crossing.
- Use pedestrian push buttons and obey “walk” and “don’t walk” signals.
- Make eye contact with drivers, and never assume that they see you.
- Be aware of your surroundings and always look out for your own safety
- Don’t be a “tech zombie” and be distracted by your electronic devices.
There are currently three HAWK crosswalk signals on campus, on Douglas Road northwest of campus by St. Michael's Dr., on Douglas Road northwest of Juniper Road, and on Twyckenham Drive, east of campus, south of Courtney Lane.
Watch this short video to learn how to use the HAWK crosswalk signals.
Report a Good Catch or a Near Miss
Looking to report a "Good Catch" (near miss) safety concern? Complete the Safety Incident Reporting Form.