Note: Hoverboards have been temporarily banned from IU residence halls. See the attached memo for more information.

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Bicycles and Other Personal Conveyance VehiclesFIN-INS-13

Scope

All Indiana University property.

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Policy Statement

Access to and egress from University facilities shall not be impeded by personal conveyance vehicles. Personal conveyance vehicles shall not be operated on university property in an unsafe manner that endangers persons or property. No personal conveyance vehicles shall be operated inside a building unless authorized by INLOCC.

This policy does not apply to wheelchairs or other personal mobility devices as defined by the ADA (https://adata.org/factsheet/wheelchairs). However, personal mobility devices should be operated in a safe manner at all times.

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Reason for Policy

In the interest of safety, access to and egress from university facilities must not be impeded by obstacles. In addition, personal conveyance vehicles must be operated in a safe manner for the rider as well as for those around them.

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Procedures

This policy supplements other University and campus policies concerning where bicycles may be parked and only supersedes them when it is more restrictive.

  1. The riding and use of personal conveyance vehicles is prohibited in all interior building spaces; on all stairways, steps, ledges, benches, planting areas, any other fixtures; and in any other posted area.
  2. Operators must move at a safe speed and yield to pedestrians at all times. Reckless or negligent operation of personal conveyance vehicles on any part of campus is prohibited.
  3. Personal conveyance vehicles outside of buildings must be parked so they do not in any way obstruct any sidewalk, street, path or other routes of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  4. Bicycles, scooters, Segways, or other larger personal conveyance vehicles may only be brought inside buildings with the permission of the building manager or per campus policy.
  5.  If the building manager allows such larger personal conveyance vehicles inside a building, they can be placed only in:
    a. common areas as designated by the Office of Insurance, Loss Control & Claims or the campus police department, or
    b. rooms occupied by (and designed for occupancy by) no more than one person.
  6. In the event of emergency evacuation personal conveyance vehicles will not be removed as this will impede the movement of people trying to exit the building.
  7. Personal conveyance vehicles found in violation of this policy may be removed by campus officials. The owner of the personal conveyance vehicle is liable for all damages incurred including the cost of cut locks.
  8. The owner of a personal conveyance vehicle is liable for any injuries or damages arising from the personal conveyance vehicle being inside a building, because of where and how it is secured outside a building, and how it is operated on university property.
  9. Vehicles with engines (e.g., mopeds, motorcycles) shall not be allowed inside buildings - other than buildings specifically intended for vehicles with engines - at any time.

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Definitions

Personal Conveyance Vehicles shall include bicycles and other vehicles powered by the individual, by motor or by batteries that may be operated off-street. These include but are not limited to motor scooters, motorcycles, Segways, roller blades, roller skates, skateboards, motorized skateboards, and self-balancing scooters (hoverboards). Personal conveyance vehicles operated by IU Police Department are excluded from this policy.

Indiana University Property – Buildings, grounds, and land that are owned by Indiana University or controlled by Indiana University via leases or other formal contractual arrangements to house ongoing IU operations.

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Sanctions

Anyone violating this policy will be subject to having the personal conveyance vehicle removed and impounded as well as being subject to corrective action procedures contained in Indiana University's staff, academic, or student policies, as applicable.

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History

This policy was established on September 20, 2002.

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