Biking at Caltech

Caltech Encourages bicycling for transportation and recreational purposes. Facilities for bicycle storage are located in various parts of the vampus. Showers and lockers are available at the Braun Athletic Center for Caltech faculty, students and staff. A Caltech identification card is required for use of the facility.

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Caltech Bicycle Program

Registered members of the Bicycle Program receive three free daily parking permits each month to use in case they need to bring a vehicle onto Campus.

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Caltech's Folding Bike Program

Need a bike for a day, or for a trip, meeting, or just need to run some errands at lunch? Come by the Parking Office located at 515 S. Wilson Blvd 2nd floor to sign up to be part of the Caltech Folding Bike Program. Easy as 1,2,3...

  1. Fill out program registration form, provide a $20.00 refundable deposit (must be cash or check).
  2. Pick up a Helmet and Bike lock
  3. Unfold and RIDE!

Folding Bike Video Instructions

Caltech Bike Loaner Registration Form

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Caltech Secured Bikecages

Caltech is pleased to announce that the Holliston secure bike storage unit is ready for use. It has camera coverage and swipe card access with 16 designated bike parking spaces. If you would like to become a user please contact Kristina Valenzuela in the transportation office at Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu or (626)395-4729 to get signed up, submit the annual fee $50.00, and add the access to your ID card. Since we are guaranteeing a secured bike parking space, the number of users is limited.

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Bicycling and the Law

If the white line at a stop sign doesn't extend all the way across the right side of the lane where I ride, do I still have to stop?

What the law says: California Vehicle Code Section 22450(a) requires a vehicle in an intersection marked by a stop sign to stop either at the white line crossing the lane - known as the "limit line" - or at the crosswalk at the near edge of the intersection. If there is no limit line or crosswalk, the vehicle must stop at the entrance to the intersection.

The rest of the story: Under California law, bicycles have the same responsibilities and rights as motor vehicles, including the responsibility to obey the laws that govern when and where vehicles must stop.

It appears to be something of an urban myth that bicycles don't have to stop at intersections where the limit line doesn't completely cross the lane. It's the stop sign, not the line on the pavement, that ultimately controls when and where a motor vehicle or bicycle must stop.

Bicyclists who fail to make a full stop at an intersection marked by a stop sign can be cited for doing so. Rolling past a stop sign can also be risky for the bicyclist and anyone else in the intersection, especially where cross traffic doesn't have a stop sign.

The takeaway: Where an intersection has a stop sign in the bicyclist's direction, the bicyclist must make a full stop.

Do you have a legal question you'd like to see answered in the CalBike Report? Contact them!

Many thanks to CBC board member and bicycle attorney Gary Brustin for reviewing this article. (from www.calbike.org)

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Bike Links

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