Many things have been said about the loud and frustrating debacle that has been bike regulation on campus this semester. It’s gotten to the point where no one can quite differentiate between the fact, the fiction and the just plain absurd.
In what might be the most anticlimactic uproar campus will see all semester, indignant students should know that nothing — not a single rule or regulation — regarding bikes on campus has changed since last year, and isn’t scheduled to.
Students, it seems, have been flying off the handle for no reason.
It’s understandable. After all, the walking-only zone punctuating campus traffic, coupled with the Department of Public Safety’s hoarse battle cry of “Walk your bikes!” has done nothing to discourage the ravenous ’SC rumor mill.
But as it stands now, the only restrictions facing on-campus biking is the no-bike zone on Trousdale Parkway and Childs Way, and even that is only in effect from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
That ban isn’t going anywhere — it’s been included in the SCampus student guidebook this entire time — but the number of DPS officers patrolling the area will be decreased from four to two, and their only job will be to write citations, according to USC officials at a bike forum held last week.
The task at hand now is to re-evaluate how to best fold the ever-swelling ranks of bicycles into a campus that remains the same size.
Sixty-three percent of students surveyed in a Undergraduate Student Government poll said they have been hit by bikes on campus. DPS, USG, Students Affairs and the Department of Career and Protective Services are all working to deal with the issue. What they all need is for students to collaborate and offer constructive insight — not just complaints.
A forum was hosted Sept. 14 as part of the Campus Conversation Series where students were able to share their ideas with administrators and get a better scope of the situation. Ultimately, attending future forums, voicing suggestions to USG and cooperating with the minor restrictions that DPS imposes upon our cross-campus excursions is the best way to get the bike situation back in the saddle.