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Bicycle theft is a frequent campus crime. You should safeguard your bicycle by using a heavy-duty locking device and securing your bicycle through both wheels and around the frame to an immovable object. Cables and chains are easily defeated. The MIT Police Crime Prevention Unit recommends you take the following steps to prevent the loss of your bicycle:
If your bike is missing from campus call the MIT Police at (617) 253-1212. If your bike is stolen off campus contact the police in that city.
Bicycles found illegally parked or attached to stairway handrails will be removed by the MIT Parking and Transportation Department. In order to obtain the release of your bike, you will have to go to MIT Parking and Transportation (E17-106). MIT is not responsible for damage to, or the theft/loss of, your bike or lock. In Institute buildings or parking structures, it is prohibited to operate bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, hoverboards, or any other form of wheeled personal transportation except for medical devices such as wheelchairs and scooters. A fine will be imposed.
As a cyclist it is your responsibility to know the rules of the road. The following is a summary of Massachusetts General Laws and Cambridge ordinances concerning the operation of bicycles. Read more about bike laws.