DPS Safety Advisory:
The Division of Public Safety is investigating an increase in bike and scooter thefts in the Penn Patrol zone. This trend is being seen throughout the City of Philadelphia as well. We wish to inform and protect the community by working together to prevent additional thefts. There are steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of a bike theft, such as properly securing your bike to a bike rack, registering your bike (and other property) with Campus Express, and being aware of your surroundings.
Ways to stay safe:
Lock your bike! Lock your bike to a secure bike rack using the triangle method.
Register your bike! You may register your bike though Campus Express at www.campusexpress.upenn.edu, including a description and a photo.
Reminder, bicycles, scooters, and other motorized vehicles are prohibited on the sidewalks in Philadelphia, and restricted use on University walkways. Always wear a helmet.
Safe Biking at Penn
On public streets and campus paths, bicycles are vehicles and must comply with traffic laws. Cyclists, scooters and pedestrians share common University paths. To prevent injuries, common sense and courtesy are key. Bicycles and scooters must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Pedestrian traffic is especially heavy on Locust Walk. As a result, bike and scooter riding is prohibited on the following walkways: Locust Walk, Hamilton Walk, Women’s Walk and Smith Walk. Bicyclists and scooters are required to walk their bicycles and scooters over the Locust Walk, Walnut Street, Paley and Weave footbridges (emergency personnel exempt).
Student Health Service Bike information page: Penn Bike Well Site
We encourage you to use all of the free services available to you and offer the below reminders:
Also, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert System, as well as the Penn Guardian App which can help Public Safety locate you in an emergency. Remember that after receiving a UPennAlert, you can find additional information about the on-going emergency on the Public Safety website. Our website becomes a “Bulletin Board” with real time updates during an event or emergency, and is an excellent source of information to the entire Penn community and parents of students who are living in the University City area.
DPS Contact Information
Walking Escort: 215-898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride Service: 215-898-RIDE (7433)