University Police to increase bicycle and skateboarding enforcement

Education patrols conducted on campus roadways Thursday to remind campus community of traffic laws and city ordinances

9/5/2012 - By: Todd Renwick
University Bicycle Police University Police officers patrol 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, enforcing all local, state and federal laws and ordinances within the jurisdiction of the University of Nevada, Reno.

University Police Services will conduct enforcement and education patrols on campus roadways and adjacent streets for individuals operating bicycles and skateboards in an unsafe manner. This initiative will include enforcement and outreach patrols at targeted intersections and crosswalks Thursday, Sept. 6, and tickets will be issued if warranted.

University Parking and Transportation Services report nearly 1,000 bicycles registered on campus this fall. Approximately 65 bike areas and racks, almost 55 bicycle lockers and four air filling stations continue to provide students options for alternative transportation on and around campus. The number of permits issued for bicycles have more than doubled since 2008.

"Bicycles and skateboards are always encouraged to be used on campus as a means of transportation to and from the campus, but should be used in a safe manner and obey all traffic laws and city ordinances," said University Police Director Adam Garcia.

Reno Municipal Code states that a bicyclist must obey all traffic laws, and that bicycles should be ridden as if the rider is operating a motor vehicle. Under Reno Municipal Code, skateboards, roller skates and roller blades are not to be operated in a careless manner. Skateboards are allowed on campus, by policy, as a means of transportation to and from class and should be used in a safe and careful manner that does not include stunts or result in property damage.

Police Services has numerous complaints from the campus community about bicyclists and skateboarders weaving in and out of traffic, not stopping at stop signs and passing vehicles on the right side to causing near-miss accidents. In some instances, students have suffered injury due to accidents.

For more information, visit the University Police website.

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