As the wheel turns
To bike or not to bike? The debate rages on.
Almost a month into the fall semester, the bicycle policy still remains a hot topic of conversation among those that navigate the stream of student traffic on a daily basis.
Last month, returning students found themselves in a for a rude awakening when their free-wheeling ways of yesteryear were forced to a screeching halt by the Department of Public Safety’s increased efforts to enforce an on-campus bicycle ban. Â Many were up in arms about the rigid policy, complaining about the inconvenience of having to dismount halfway through their Tour de Class routines and the gruff treatment from DPS officers.
But, the ramped up enforcement efforts were not without cause.
The on-campus traffic during peak times is something to marvel at â€” pedestrians, skateboarders, service carts, bicyclists and even the occasional scooter operator fight for space on the school’s pathways every day. Â The situation is exacerbated by the multitasking that each one of these individuals takes part in mid-transit.
What results is a game of human Frogger in which everyone is volunteered to be a participant.
According to Department of Public Safety Chief Carey Drayton,Â more than 100 cases of traffic conflicts occurred in the last year and a half,Â ranging from minor scratches to overnight stays in the hospital. One student has already been hit by a vehicle this year.
In fact, Drayton said DPS is considering stationing a law enforcement officer at major intersections to document any traffic violations as a way to curb the reckless patterns of bicycle traffic on campus.
Taking both sides of the debate into consideration, we want to know:
What changes should be made to the on-campus bike policy?
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