From the MIT Annual Safety and Security Report, 2016, page 15:


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 (W20-022) and pay a fine of $50.00. MIT is not responsible for damage to, or the theft/loss of, your bike or lock.

The operation of bicycles, roller skates (including inline), skateboards, or any other form of wheeled personal transportation, with the exception of medical mobile equipment, such as wheelchairs and scooters, in Institute buildings or parking structures is prohibited. Violators will be fined. 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. Click here to read the bicycle laws

  1. All bicyclist must obey all traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including red lights, stop signs, crosswalks and riding with traffic.
  2. All bicyclist should stay to the right of the roadway, except for the left hand turns, or where bike lanes direct otherwise and must ride single file.
  3. The City of Cambridge Ordinance addresses the issue of biking on sidewalks. Bikes are not banned from all sidewalks, only the ones listed in specific business districts.
  4. When riding at night, all bicyclist must use a white light on the front, a red light or red reflector on the rear, and ankle or pedal reflectors.

In the time it takes you to read this headline someone can steal your bike...


It is recommended to use a heavy duty U-Lock. Leave as little room as possible in the "U" portion of the lock to minimize the space for thieves to insert tools. Also, do NOT leave your bike unlocked and unattended even "just for a minute while you run into an office or store".

The MIT Parking & Transportation Office administers the bicycle compound located in the rear of Building 13, and under Building E53 in the Hermann Garage. Cards to access to the compounds can be requested by sending an email to Your bicycle must be registered with the MIT Parking & Transportation Office in order to gain access to a secure bike compound.

  • Keep your bike locked at all times; even in a dorm, office or garage.
  • If your locking your bike and it will be in an area after darkness, be sure it is in a well lit and traveled area.
  •  Register your bicycle with the MIT Parking and Transportation office. To register your bicycle all you need is the make, model and serial number. A registration sticker will be mailed through campus mail to you.


  • Don't lock your bike to anything illegal such as a staircase railing, handicap ramps, etc. (REMEMBER: there is a $25 fine, after 24 hours is a $50 fine.)
  • Don't lock you bike to small trees, chain link fences, or locked to itself. These items can easily be cut or carried away without notice.
  • Don't lock your bike in the same area all the time. A thief may notice a pattern.

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