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UWPD Encourages Bicycle Safety, Registration

August 29, 2018

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

Additionally, he advises riders to use signals, and slow down and give pedestrians plenty of space when passing, and that bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks unless they are designated as bike paths. 

“Bicyclists are encouraged to ride at the same speed as pedestrians in dual-use areas and, most of all, both pedestrians and bicyclists should be aware of their surroundings to help ensure we don’t have conflicts in those areas,” Samp says.

UWPD’s annual bicycle registration drive runs Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Thursday, Sept. 6. Bicyclists can register their bikes from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Simpson Plaza. There is a one-time fee of $5 that is valid as long as a person owns his or her bike, he adds.

“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. Owners are asked to bring bicycles to the front lobby.

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. In addition, the program 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.

In addition, the UW Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee is planning a Bike to UW Day scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, on Simpson Plaza. Several campus entities will provide various items for participation, and the effort will be supported by bike-related businesses.

A full list of UW’s bicycle regulations can be found at www.uwyo.edu/uwpd/on-campus-services/bicycle-information.

For a detailed map of dismount zones and bike racks, visit 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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