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UWPD and Campus Committee Emphasize Bicycle Safety

April 6, 2015
two people walking and two people on bicycles
Pedestrians and bicyclists share a sidewalk north of Ross Hall. (UW Photo)

With warmer spring weather, the University of Wyoming Police Department is asking bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists to follow standards of courtesy and safety.

Specifically, bicyclists are reminded to walk their bikes in designated dismount zones at high-pedestrian areas throughout the campus, including the crossings through Prexy’s Pasture. Fines for riding a bicycle through a dismount zone start at $25.

“Be courteous to fellow riders, pedestrians and vehicles,” Police Chief Mike Samp says. “And follow the rules of the road.”

The UWPD also encourages bicyclists to wear helmets and to properly lock bikes in bike racks, not on other structures.

Dan McCoy, chair of the UW Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Committee, says the group works to minimize bicycle-pedestrian conflicts through a multi-faceted approach. In a recent email to campus, McCoy summarized some of the committee’s initiatives:

-- Review bike-pedestrian conflicts that are brought to our attention.

-- Maintain, update and disseminate the UW bicycle map that includes paths and dismount zones.

-- Review and update dismount zones throughout campus, including the sidewalk “stickers” and signage for dismount zones.

-- Review the location and quantity of bike racks across campus.

-- Discuss ways to better manage and support bicycle commuters to and from campus through existing and future infrastructure.

To deter theft, the UWPD asks bicyclists to register their bikes with the department, if they haven’t already done so. The cost is $5. Registration allows the UWPD to capture all pertinent information required to increase chances of recovery in the event a bicycle is taken.

A full list of UW’s bicycle regulations can be found here.

For questions and additional information, contact McCoy at 766-2402, email dmccoy@uwyo.edu, or call the UWPD at 766-5179.


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