October 25, 2011
University police ramp up enforcement of bicycle and pedestrian safety
Did you know that a pedestrian is prohibited from suddenly leaving the curb and entering a roadway?
Did you know a bicyclist has to obey the same traffic laws as the driver of a motor vehicle?
Many in the campus community do not know these and other important laws that are designed to increase their safety, said Capt. Don Stubbings of the Kansas State University Police Department.
Starting Oct. 30 and throughout November the department is beginning an aggressive campaign to increase bicycle and pedestrian safety in the coming weeks.
"We have seen an increase in bicycle-related accidents this semester," Stubbings said. "The increase in bicycle-related safety concerns from students, faculty and staff are significant and have gained the attention of the police department."
To help, there will be an increase in bicycle officers in and around campus. Officers will be educating bicyclists and pedestrians about rules regarding crosswalk laws, bicycle laws -- such as stopping at stop signs and for pedestrians in the crosswalks -- and other traffic laws.
In addition, the enforcement of no riding of bicycles on pedestrian sidewalks and other bike policies will be part of the increased education and enforcement. Violators may receive a warning or a traffic citation depending on the situation.
"Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe environment for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians," Stubbings said.
To find out more about pedestrian and bike laws go to http://www.k-state.edu/police/ordinances/index.html.