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UWPD Encourages Bicycle Safety, Registration

August 25, 2017

With the beginning of the fall semester, the University of Wyoming Police Department (UWPD) reminds bicyclists to follow standards of safety and courtesy, and to register their bikes.

“UW is a walking campus, so major walking paths may be subject to dismount zones,” says UW Police Chief Mike Samp. “Remember, when you are on your bike, you have the same responsibilities as drivers. So, you have to obey traffic signals, stop signs, ride with the traffic, and you should never ride more than two people abreast in the right-hand lane.”

Samp also advises riders to use signals, and slow down and give pedestrians plenty of space when passing. He says bicyclists are encouraged to ride at the same speed as pedestrians in dual-use areas.

UWPD’s annual bicycle registration drive runs Monday, Aug. 28, through Friday, Sept. 1. UW police officers will be stationed around the residence halls during move-in day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., then again at the same time the rest of the week on Simpson Plaza. The fee to register a bike is $5.

“Bicycle thefts are too common on our campus and, in an effort to reduce the number of thefts, UWPD strongly advises that you register your bicycle,” Samp says. “By registering your bicycle, UWPD is able to capture all pertinent information required to increase chances of recovery in the event a bicycle is taken. The information taken off of your bicycle will allow us to do a nationwide search for the stolen property.”

Those unable to make it to the registration table may register bicycles any time afterward at the police department, located at 1426 E. Flint St., open 24 hours a day. Bring bicycles to the front lobby.

In observance of Campus Safety Month, UWPD will focus on bike safety during the first week of September. Officers will pay attention to bikers and share bike-related information to students who may not be familiar with the designated biking routes on campus, such as not riding on sidewalks.

“UWPD wants to remind everyone that wearing a helmet is extremely important, and treating your bike as a motor vehicle while on the street also is not just good practice, it is the law,” says UWPD Officer Ira Werger. “If anyone has questions about designated areas for bike travel while on campus, please ask an officer.”

For those looking for bicycle repair, UW’s Outdoor Program provides tools and an area where students can come in and work on their own bikes. The program also provides a series of bike-tuning clinics so people can learn how to work on their own bikes. The Outdoor Program is located in the northeast section of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center.

A full list of UW’s bicycle regulations may be found at www.uwyo.edu/uwpd/on-campus-services/bicycle-information. For a detailed map of dismount zones and bike racks, go to www.uwyo.edu/rec/outdoor-program/_files/docs/uw-bike-paths.pdf.

For more information, call UWPD at (307) 766-5179.


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