Share the Road

Share the Road - Ohio State

Students, faculty, staff and visitors should always keep safety in mind when moving on and around campus. We all use multiple modes of transportation, whether walking, biking or driving and share the responsibility in assuring it's done safely.

"Walk the Walk" for Traffic Safety

Spring is here! To help raise awareness for traffic safety as we are all starting to be out and about, Friday April, 11th from 2pm-3pm Administration and Planning, the Department of Public Safety, Student Life, and leadership from these areas will walk the walk, ride the ride, and drive the drive during a procession to the Oval. Join us for FREE sunglasses, frisbees, safety tips, and more to help you prepare for spring. See the route:


With thousands of motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians on campus every day, we are truly a multi-modal campus. Whether walking, biking, or driving, we all share the responsibility to ensure that we navigate campus safely. Lead by example; obey all traffic laws and be courteous to your fellow buckeyes.

By law, bicycles are vehicles and like motorist, cyclists must obey all traffic laws.

Safety between pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles is the responsibility of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. By law, bicycles are vehicles and like motorist, cyclists must obey all traffic laws. One-way streets, stop signs, riding on the right side of the road, and yielding to pedestrians are some of the requirements for bicycle operators. Remember: whether walking, biking, or driving, we all share the road and the responsibility.

Oval Walk Zone

The university is committed to making our roads, sidewalks, and paths safe for all modes of transportation. In support of this commitment and in line with the One University Framework Plan to further develop a pedestrian-friendly campus core, we all must Honor the new North and South Oval Walk Zone. Cyclists, skateboarders, and similar devices are required to dismount and walk through this zone. Additional information and a Walk Zone map are available.


  • Stay on sidewalks
  • Use crosswalks
  • Obey traffic signs and signals
  • Make eye contact with drivers
  • Be visible to drivers and bicyclists
  • Avoid dangerous behaviors
  • Wear light colored clothing at night
  • Be aware of surroundings
  • Do not Jaywalk


  • Wear a helmet
  • Avoid riding on sidewalks. Dismount for crosswalks.
  • Obey traffic signs, signals and speed limits
  • Ride with traffic (Learn more about sharrows)
  • Ride in a predictable straight line
  • Avoid distractions (i.e. headphones and cell phones)
  • Keep your bike in working order
  • Use lights and reflective clothing/gear at night
  • Focus on riding


  • Obey traffic signs, signals and speed limits
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Expect bikes on the road
  • Pass bicyclists with care
  • Use caution and wait to pass
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions
  • Slow down and obey posted speed limits
  • Don’t honk your horn when passing bicyclists
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists when turning

Share the Road - Ohio State is an educational initiative to promote safe behaviors among students, faculty, staff, and visitors moving around campus and raise awareness of the university efforts to provide a safe environment for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

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