Two-Wheeled Vehicles

PTS Policies for Two-Wheeled Vehicles

2.1 Definitions

  • Bicycle - The State of North Carolina defines a bicycle as a vehicle in G.S. 20-4.01(49), subject to the same laws and regulations as the driver of a motorized vehicle. 
  • Moped - In the State of North Carolina, a moped is defined as a vehicle that has two or three wheels, no external shifting device, and a motor that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement and cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a level surface [North Carolina General Statute 105-164.3 (22)].(NC DOT). Mopeds must be registered with the NC DMV and display a Duke parking permit for campus parking privileges. 
  • Motorcycle - The State of North Carolina defines motorcycles in G.S. 20-4.01(27) as vehicles having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.  Motorcycles are required by law to display a license plate and drivers require a special motorcycle license. 

2.2  Motorcycles
Motorcycles are required to display state license plates and must have valid "MRC" parking permits to park in designated motorcycle parking areas on Duke's campus.  Duke employees and students, and employees of other entities with offices on the campus, or other leased or owned properties, are eligible to request a parking permit.  

2.2.1 Motorcycle Parking
a. Permits are purchased from PTS at a cost of $73 per year.  Applications are available online.
b. Anyone who has a valid Duke parking permit for an automobile may procure a motorcycle (MRC) permit for their personal use at no additional cost.  MRC permits may not be used as part of a carpool.
c. The MRC permit must be affixed to the front fork or rear fender of the motorcycle. Motorcycles MUST be parked in designated motorcycle areas, identified on the Duke Campus Map

2.3    Mopeds
As of July 1, 2015, mopeds are required by NC state law to register with the DMV.

2.3.1 Moped Parking
Mopeds on Duke's campus must be parked in designated moped parking areas, identified on the Duke Campus Map.  If moped spots are full, operators may park at or near a bike rack unless the area is signed otherwise.  Note that some areas restrict parking to bicycles only due to air intake, noise, aesthetics, or other reasons; this includes bike parking areas in and around Abele Quad.  Mopeds parking in these restricted areas will be subject to ticketing and/or towing.  When parking near an unrestricted bike rack, mopeds/scooters should not block access to the bike rack or pedestrian egress. 

2.3.2 Operation of a Moped
Mopeds should not be operated on sidewalks or parked in any manner to block or impede pedestrian egress, emergency exits, or handicap access feature to any campus building.  Mopeds are not allowed in Duke Gardens, the West Campus Plaza or the main campus quads.

To avoid pedestrian conflicts, neither motorcycles nor mopeds should be operated on blue stone walkways, greenway trails, or shared-use paths.  If a moped must access a designated moped parking space by way of a sidewalk or other pedestrian egress area, the driver should dismount from the vehicle and walk from the street to the parking area.

2.4  Bicycles  
Bicycles are considered vehicles in North Carolina, and every cyclist on the Duke campus will be subject to the provisions of  NC State Statutes as well Duke's campus parking and operating policies.

2.4.1 Bicycle Parking
Bicycles must be parked and/or chained only to bicycles racks or designated areas.  Bicycles parked to handrails, blocking wheelchair ramps or pedestrian egress, or otherwise creating a hazard for other campus users may be impounded by Duke Police.

2.4.2 Registration
All bicycles that are operated, parked, or stored on the campus by any employee or student should be registered with PTS.  Part-time bike commuters and on-campus residents can register as such and receive a bike permit for the vehicle.  Full-time bike commuters will receive a bike permit for the vehicle, as well as access to the bike commuter benefits program offerings.  Registration and commuter benefits information is available at parking.duke.edu/bike.

2.4.3 Bicycle Registration
a. Bicycle permits are not transferable (either between persons or assigned bicycles).
b. If a bicycle permit becomes damaged, or if the owner acquired a new bicycle, then the owner should obtain a replacement permit from PTS.
c. Bicycle commuter registration expires after a 4-year term, at which point bike commuters will be asked to re-enroll to continue benefits.

2.4.4 Bicycle Impounding
Any bicycle may be impounded if such bicycle appears to have been abandoned or creates a safety hazard.

2.4.5 Operation of a Bicycle
Bicyclists must adhere to traffic control devices and rules of the road applicable to motor vehicles under North Carolina state laws as prescribed in the General Statutes of North Carolina Chapter 20, Motor Vehicles. 

Duke Gardens is a dismount zone; all bicycles should be walked through the garden pathways for travel through the park area.

2.5 Electric-Assist Bicycles and Tricycles
Motorized or electric-assist bicycles and/or tricycles must adhere to traffic control devices and rules of the road applicable to motor vehicles under North Carolina state laws as prescribed in the General Statutes of North Carolina Chapter 20, Motor Vehicles.  

2.5.1    Operation of an Electric-Assist Bicycle or Tricycle on Campus
Due to the potential for conflict with non-motorized bicycles and pedestrians, the motor assist on these vehicles should not be used when travelling along bicycle and pedestrian paths or trails in the campus area. 

2.5.2    Parking an Electric-Assist Bicycle or Tricycle on Campus
Electric-assist bicycles must follow the same rules for parking as non-assisted bicycles.  Electric assist tricycles (such as an Organic Transit ELF) may park next to a bike rack as long as access to the rack is not impeded, in the corners of parking garages or other out-of-the-way locations that are do not impede building entrances, emergency exits, handicap access, or pedestrian egress. ELF operators may also park in the designated spots in the Allen Lot.  If visiting Duke Gardens, ELF operators should park in a visitor pay spot.  ELF operators can contact Parking & Transportation Services to consult on appropriate parking areas near other campus destinations. 

Electric-assist bicycle and tricycle drivers are encouraged to register as bicycle commuters and display a bike permit when parking on campus. 

2.6 Skating/Rollerblading
2.6.1 Prohibition of Indoor Skating
Skating is prohibited in all buildings on Duke property and in all buildings leased or used by Duke.

2.6.2 Operating a Skateboard or Rollerblades for Transportation Purposes
Skating that is solely for transportation purposes (e.g., between classes and residence halls and dining halls) is permissible under the following conditions:
a. Skaters must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles.
b. Skaters may not damage any property.
c. Skaters must travel at a safe speed, may not do any jumping, may not ride over steps or curbs, and must remain on smooth paved surfaces.

2.6.3 Enforcement
This policy will be enforced by the Duke University Police Department.