General Safety- On Foot & Wheels

Staying safe on and off campus requires common-sense precautions and attention to your surroundings.

In General

  • Carry your BU ID card at all times, but don’t carry your keys and BU ID on the same key ring or holder
  • Always be alert to your surroundings. Take care when using personal electronic devices, as they limit your awareness.
  • Log important (BUPD, 911, your RA, a reliable cab company, etc.) numbers into your mobile phone.

On Foot

  • Use pedestrian crosswalks.
  • Always look for cars, bikes and trolleys before crossing the street or MBTA tracks.
  • Don’t dart in front of traffic to catch a train or bus.
  • Stay off rail/train tracks.
  • Stay off the frozen Charles River during winter months.
  • At night, walk in well-lit areas and avoid walking alone; use the Buddy System!
  • Use the Scarlet Safe Walk by calling (617) 353-4877 or walk with a friend.

On Your Bike, Scooter, or Skateboard

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Learn, use and obey traffic signals. Remember, riders must obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicle operators.
  • If riding at night, use reflectors and lights.
  • Give pedestrians the right of way.
  • Ride defensively. Watch for cars and car doors opening.
  • Do not weave in and out of traffic.
  • Slow down at intersections and look both ways before crossing.
  • Always lock your bike or scooter with a strong lock in good condition.
  • Register your bike with the Boston University Police Department. A registered bike is more likely to be recovered if stolen.