Campus Transportation Safety for “Walk, Ride, Ride” – The Daily Utah Chronicle
The University of Utah campus is full of bike paths, bike racks, and students carrying their skateboards to classrooms. While the U allows students to take advantage of their preferred form of transportation to get around campus, be it a bicycle, motorized scooter, roller skates, or skateboard, they also have safety guidelines available to them. to follow.
Campus Active Transportation Manager Ginger Cannon gives advice to people who cycle around campus.
âBe sure to lock your bike, remember there is a 10 mile per hour speed limit on campus roads, and give pedestrians right of way,â Cannon said.
There are over 3,000 bike spaces on campus to lock up bikes. Bicycles are not allowed to be chained to objects other than a bicycle rack on campus. Additional information on the bicycle policy can be found online.
Bikes are encouraged even during the winter months and there is even a Winter Bike Day. It usually takes place in February and offers freebies and hot drinks to those who attend.
“It is important to stress that sidewalks are reserved for pedestrians and that any vehicle on a sidewalk needs a permit, must travel at 5 miles per hour or less, yield the right of way to all pedestrians and bikers and have turn signals when driving, âCannon said.
These speed limits and rules also apply to all golf carts, in accordance with University policy.
Designated routes for different wheeled vehicles, as well as parking, can be found on the online campus map.
There are several bicycle repair stations scattered around the main campus, where cyclists can repair their bikes for free using the tools provided.
There is also the Campus Bike Shop, located across from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at 413 Central Campus Drive. They provide âaffordable repair and maintenance services to students, faculty and staffâ.
To further promote driver and pedestrian safety, all wheeled vehicle drivers are recommended to wear helmets and use appropriate hand signals to dispel any confusion.
“A big problem on campus paths and sidewalks is excessive speed and many pedestrians have been seriously injured due to the irresponsible behavior of drivers, cyclists, skateboarders and scooters, âCannon said.
Campus Policy 3-232 talks about safety and rules for all who walk, ride and ride on campus. The policy states that parts of the campus prohibit riding in high traffic areas, especially where pedestrians are, and cyclists are required to get off, carry, or walk their transportation safely.
The policy also warns against scooter riding and skating in areas that are not designed for this purpose.
“Non-motorized riding equipment, of any type, must not be used on a staircase, wall, bench, fountain or any other structure or installation, nor on or above the installation. landscape, shrubs, grass or flower bed, âstates the policy.
In addition to having wheeled vehicle policies, the Commuter Services website has information on other facets of traveling on campus. It includes pedestrian safety, car parking and payment, the Saferide, parking permits and other options.
These policies are in place to ensure the safety of students when they walk on the sidewalk and go to class. Cannon explained that the policies are mostly unknown to students and urges them to consult the student manual for more information.
“We are doing everything we can to communicate with them for guidance and law enforcement,” she said.
Students often skate on campus. Whoever asked to remain anonymous was skateboarding with friends near the Marriott Library. He said he “didn’t even know it existed” when he spoke about the 3-232 policy and other safety measures for riders.
The student and his friends wore no helmets and engaged in several advanced tricks. He said he was not wearing a helmet because he “does not have one”.