Bicycle Lafayette has made the decision to currently not register as a 501(c)(3) to allow our small organization to maintain it's versatility and open member policy. We make all our decisions democratically. Anyone with a desire to have a say or take on a role of leadership is allowed and encouraged to do so. We have no Board of Directors, only passionate participants. Bicycle Lafayette is, however, incorporated as a Non-profit Domestic Corporation with the Indiana Secretary of State. This status limits the amount of money we may accept in donation each year, but as we are a small, resourceful organization that hasn't gotten in our way yet. Your donation will be used in one of several ways. From helping us with organizational costs like printing, to specific projects like our bike map initiative, to operational costs like insurance. We assure you that your donation will be put to good use furthering our mission to advocate, educate, and promote cycling in the Greater Lafayette Community. Thank you in advance for believing in us.
Bicycle Lafayette works with local government, businesses, and private citizens to advocate for an improved cycling community. Lobbying for changes in local ordinances, searching out bicycle friendly businesses, and simply sharing bikes and our favorite routes are just a few examples of how we advocate.
Bicycle Lafayette's Mission is to promote cycling as a safe, viable, and healthy form of transportation and recreation in Lafayette and West Lafayette.
Bicycle Lafayette takes special care to educate cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers on the rules of the road as well as how to stay safe. Not only do we host education specific events, such as Bicycle Rodeo's, but we also take care to go over (and follow) all the rules of the road before and during any group rides.
As of right now, and for the foreseeable future, there are no requirements to becoming a Bicycle Lafayette Member. All are welcome. If you ride bikes, like bikes, believe that bikes can improve your life and the life of those around you, then you’re welcome to call yourself a member. If you are interested in finding out how to get involved drop us a line.
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As of the summer of 2014, cars are required to give a cyclist on the road a minimum of 3 feet when moving to overtake a cyclist in both West Lafayette and Lafayette.
It is perfectly legal to ride two abreast (side by side) in Tippecanoe County.
While it is legal to ride your bicycle on most sidewalks outside of downtown Lafayette, it still isn't the safest plan. Do some research on taking the lane!
Helmets are smart. Helmets are cool. Helmets are not required by law (if you are an adult).
A cyclist should act and be treated as any other motor vehicle while operating on the roadways in Tippecanoe county. That means you ride WITH traffic, NEVER against!
All bikes should be equipped with a headlight and taillight as well as some type of noise making device that can be heard up to 50 feet away! You can get a ticket if you get pulled over without them (only after dusk in the case of the lights.
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