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Staying Safe in Transit
UWM students, staff and faculty move around campus and travel to campus by car, bus, bike and on foot. Here are a few tips for transportation safety.

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks, double checking to make sure cars see you and are preparing to stop. Make eye contact with the driver.
  • If you're walking around the neighborhood late at night, walk with purpose, staying alert to what is going on around you.
  • Watch out for bicyclists as well as cars. A pedestrian walking on a bike path near campus was seriously injured last year when hit by a fast moving bike entering the pathway.

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Try to ride in marked bike lanes on the streets near campus.
  • If riding on campus paths, watch out for pedestrians.
  • Follow the rules of the road, traveling in the same direction as traffic.
  • Ride defensively. Never assume drivers see you.
  • Use hand signals to let drivers and pedestrians know your intentions.
  • Make eye contact with motorists to make sure they know you're there.
  • Watch out for motorists turning right, and drivers opening doors.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing and use lights at night.
  • Always carry a cell phone, change and identification.
  • Bicycles kept in residence halls must be registered with the police.
  • Fifty Cycle-Safe bike lockers are available to residents of University Housing. Each unit is keyed separately and weatherproof. The lockers are located next to South Tower in Sandburg Halls and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rental is $125 per semester. To request a bike locker, download and print the bike locker agreement and return it with payment to University Housing.
  • Bike racks are located throughout the campus.

Buses and Public Transportation Bus transportation is a safe, reliable and inexpensive way to get to and from campus and other locations around town. UWM is served by numerous bus routes. Visit www.ridemcts.com for Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses.

While crime is rare on the buses, MCTS offers a few tips for staying safe while waiting for or riding the bus. Most rules and suggestions are applicable to other bus lines serving UWM.

Be alert and contact the bus driver if you see:
  • Unattended packages
  • Suspicious activity
  • Repeated or unusual video or photo taking
  • If you witness a crime, report it to the bus driver immediately. MCTS has a fast, direct connection to local police departments.
  • If you're at the bus stop and see a crime or are concerned by suspicious individuals or activities, call 911.

Respect the other passengers and follow basic bus rules:
  • Take all packages with you when you leave and keep them close to you while on a bus in order to deter theft.
  • Always get route and schedule information before you make your bus trip — know exact times and bus stop locations.
  • Have your fare ready before you board the bus.
  • Play music only with headphones and only at a low volume.
  • Food or drink is not allowed on buses.
  • Do not use profane language.
  • Do not litter.

When you exit the bus, particularly at night, be aware of anyone exiting the bus who appears to be following you. If concerned, call University Police or Milwaukee Police.

  • When driving around campus, be aware of students who may not always pay attention to cars when they're rushing to class.
  • Stop at marked pedestrian crossings when pedestrians are entering the crosswalk.
  • When driving on campus, the speed limit is five miles per hour in parking lots and driveways.
  • Park in a legal parking space. On-campus parking spaces are clearly marked. As most drivers already know, the campus parking office and Milwaukee police are extremely vigilant in patrolling parking areas and tickets are costly.
  • Overnight parking in campus neighborhoods is permitted only for vehicles displaying resident overnight permits and third-shift permits in the areas designated for their use from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • When parking on or near campus, always lock your car.
  • Visit UWM's Parking and Transit Web site for other regulations.