Parking, Bikes and Traffic Regulations

All graduate students (residing on and off campus), including holders of graduate assistantships, fellowships and graduate scholarships, who possess, maintain or operate a motor vehicle on any University property, must register their motor vehicle(s) with the Parking Office in the Eisenhower Parking Deck (just next door to Tyson),  campus Business Office, or other designated office. Presentation of proof of ownership must be made at the time the vehicle is registered. Motor vehicles are defined as automobiles, motorcycles, motor bikes, and motor scooters (excepting "mopeds," which can be considered as bicycles under these regulations).
Parking is authorized ONLY in lots matching the color of the assigned parking permit and designated as student parking. If the assigned lot is full or unavailable for any reason, vehicles must be parked in another lot within the same classification as the registration permit. Each lot entrance has signs listing specific hours of reservation and any other lot restrictions. After 5 p.m., select faculty/staff lots are open to students with current permits displayed.

A parking fee will be automatically deducted from each paycheck. It is the student’s responsibility to display the color-coded permit at the base of the rear view mirror to avoid receiving a ticket. Parking fines at University Park have dramatically increased in recent years. Parking regulations for students shall be in effect at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to include the final examination periods, semester breaks and holiday recesses, unless otherwise publicly announced.

Questions concerning procedures or interpretation of parking rules and regulations should be referred to the Parking Office Manager, 1a, Eisenhower Deck, 865-1436, After 7:00 p.m., or on weekends, calls should be referred to the Department of University Safety, 1 Eisenhower Deck (863-1111).

Bicycle and Moped Regulations
All bicycles must be operated according to the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Vehicle Code as it pertains to bicycles, as well as to the rules and regulations contained in this policy. A moped shall be operated in accordance with all laws and University rules governing motor vehicles. A moped, however, may be registered and parked as a bicycle.

Take your bicycles/mopeds to Kiosks, in the visitor parking lots, for registration, inspection, and permit issuing between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This service is available at the University Police office in the Eisenhower Parking Deck at other times. Maps and a copy of the bicycle/moped regulations can be obtained at both locations.

A reciprocal agreement exists between the Borough of State College and Penn State for issued permits. Upon expiration of the two-year permit, the bicycle/moped must be re-registered. Registration and/or permits are not transferable. In the event of the sale of a bicycle/moped, or transfer of ownership, the new owner must register it in his/her name.

Enforcement of these regulations shall be in effect at all times. Bicycles shall be ridden on bicycle routes and automobile thoroughfares only. Riders must walk their bicycle at all other places. Specifically, bicycles shall not be ridden on pedestrian paths, walkways, malls or any other pedestrian-used way. Police Bike Patrols may operate on University walkways during hours of darkness, when in pursuit of violators, or when responding to emergencies. Bicycles shall be parked on campus at places clearly designated by the presence of bicycle racks. Specifically, a bicycle must not be parked in automobile parking spaces, on lawn areas, shrub or flowerbeds, streets, driveways or in any building. This also includes sidewalks, entranceways to buildings, or places that hinder pedestrian travel. In the event a bicycle rack is full, the bicycle may be parked upright in the general vicinity, provided it does not impede pedestrian traffic.

Any abandoned or non-registered bicycle parked on campus , or any bicycle parked hindering University operations, obstructing steps or a handicap ramp may be removed and impounded by University Police. If unclaimed within three months after impoundment, it shall be deemed a gift to the University, to be disposed of through appropriate University channels.