Bicycles on the Texas Medical Center Campus
Operational Safety Issues
When operating a bicycle on a roadway in the Texas Medical Center Campus:
- Obey all traffic control devices
- Use hand signals to signal turns and lane changes
- When riding slower than other traffic on a roadway, ride as close as practical to the right curb or edge of the roadway (unless passing, turning or avoiding an obstacle)
- A bicycle helmet meeting the standards outlined in the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission's 16 CFR Part 1203
- A bicycle lock system capable of locking both the bicycle’s frame and one or both wheels to a bicycle rack
- A brake that is capable of making a braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement
When riding at nighttime (Texas Transportation Code 551.104):
- The front of the bike must be equipped with a lamp that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet in front of the bicycle
- The rear of the bike must be equipped with either a red reflector that is visible from 50 to 300 feet to the rear of the bicycle, or a lamp that emits red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear of the bicycle.
- Consider wearing bright, highly visible clothing or a reflective safety vest
- Keep a filled, standard size water bottle for hydration
- Please only park bicycles in the bicycle racks provided throughout the campus
- Prior to riding, inspect the tire pressure, the tautness of the chain, the position of any quick release devices and the condition of the brakes
- Review the applicable portions of Chapter 551 of the Texas Transportation Code (Operations of Bicycles, Mopeds, and Play Vehicles)
- Ensure your bicycle is registered through the National Bike Registry. For more information about this program, visit http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com.
Online Bicycle Education (Traffic Skills 101)
The City of Houston partnered with the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) to develop an online course that represents the classroom portion of the League’s Traffic Skills 101 course. The free, online course takes approximately 4 hours to complete and is a precursor to the hands-on and on-road component. This program is designed to develop the craft and science of bicycling, the ability to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility and sport under various roadway, climate and traffic conditions.
To learn more about this program, visit http://www.bikeed.org/.
Houston Bikeway Program
To learn more about this program, visit http://www.houstonbikeways.org/.
Reporting Bicycle Thefts
If you believe your bicycle has been stolen, contact the security or police department that has jurisdiction or ownership of the property from where the theft occurred. If you are unsure, contact the Texas Medical Center Security Services Department at 713-795-0000. Provide the following information to the responding officer:
- Precise location of the bicycle prior to the theft
- Make, model, color, style and other pertinent descriptors of the bicycle
- The bicycle’s serial number, if recorded
- Approximate value of the bicycle
- Approximate date and time the bicycle was last seen and the date and time of the discovery of the theft
- The type of bicycle lock used (if applicable)
Bicycle Rack Locations
Click here for a map of bicycle rack locations throughout the Texas Medical Center campus.
Click here for a list of bicycle rack locations throughout the Texas Medical Center campus.