Duck Rides, bike theft prevention, and other safety precautions
Duck Rides, bike theft prevention, and other safety precautions
Quick Quack
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
As our hours of sunlight grow shorter, here are some of the university’s top safety resources and tips while we move further into fall.
The UOregon mobile app includes access to some of the resources described below. Download the app to have this information more readily available when you need it. 
  • Bicycles or their riders must be equipped with lighting equipment during hours of darkness and in limited visibility conditions under state law.
  • Required lighting includes a white front light with a minimum visibility of 500 feet and a red rear light or reflector with a minimum visibility of 600 feet.
Bike theft is the number one crime on campus, according to the UO Police Department, but students can take steps to lower their own risk:
  • Avoid simple cable or chain locks. U-locks are more durable, and while they can still be cut, bike thieves will often focus on the easiest targets. Put a U-lock around both your bike’s back wheel and its center post for the most protection.
  • Lock up your bike in high-traffic, high-visibility areas as much as possible. 
  • Register your bike for free through Project 529. That network can help law enforcement return your bike if it is stolen, even if it’s recovered in another city or state. 
  • Duck Rides is the primary nighttime transportation services for students, staff, and faculty members at the UO. The service is free and peer-to-peer, with students driving students. It runs seven days a week, 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Make a reservation by calling 541-346-7433 or emailing First-come, first-serve rides are also available if students call during operating hours.
  • The UO Lyft Night Rides program offers students discounted Lyft rides from midnight to 7:30 a.m. This program is funded by the Associated Students of the University of Oregon and is available to all incidental fee-paying students.
  • UOPD is available to provide free on-campus escorts if you are unable to find another shuttle, ride, or taxi. Call 541-346-2919 to request.
  • Always be alert when walking at night and try to stay in well-lit areas.
  • The UO provides the Safety at Night online map to help students navigate the best-lit route around campus or flag potential concerns.
  • The map also shows the approximately 60 emergency phones (e-phone or call boxes) that are located across campus. Those e-phones provide an immediate connection to the UOPD dispatch center, which is staffed 24 hours a day.
  • If you are (or someone you are with is) in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 9‑1‑1.
  • In non-emergency situations, contact the University of Oregon Police Department at 541‑346‑2919 or report a crime online.
  • Students who are not sure who to contact, or need help in making a law enforcement report, can call the UO’s SAFE hotline at 541‑346‑7233 (SAFE).
  • Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you or someone near you needs medical attention due to alcohol consumption. The Oregon Medical Amnesty law prevents underage drinkers from receiving a Minor in Possession (MIP) when aiding someone with alcohol poisoning or seeking aid for themselves.
  • UOPD serves as the central lost and found for the campus. To reach out about lost items, you can complete an online form or call 541-346-3232.
  • The UO operates its own emergency notification system for incidents on campus using text messages, emails, a public alerts blog, digital displays and social media messaging.
  • Students automatically receive UO Alerts to their university email account and can sign up to receive alerts via text message on their personal mobile devices. 
  • Register or update your phone numbers for UO Alerts via DuckWeb.
  • UOPD aims to make near-campus neighborhoods safer and more secure during winter and spring breaks with its Vacation Watch program.
  • Students who live near campus can register their residences when term breaks get nearer. UOPD will check registered vacant residences as often as possible.
  • Note: This service is not available year round.
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