University Police Services is reminding students, faculty, staff and visitors to be mindful of increased traffic at the start of the fall semester.
"Our campus community is driving, walking, biking and skateboarding to and from the University," Todd Renwick, University Police Services assistant police chief, said. "We are asking the community to be mindful and attentive while commuting through or around campus."
Bikes on campus
University Parking and Transportation Services reports that nearly 500 bicycles have been registered on campus this fall. Approximately 65 bike areas and racks, 55 bicycle lockers and four air filling stations help provide students options for alternative transportation on and around campus. Those interested in learning more about bicycling on and around campus should visit www.unr.edu/bicycle to view the campus cycling map and to register their bike.
"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," Renwick said.
New this year, the University has two designated Walk Zones on campus where bicyclists need to dismount and walk their bikes or use an alternate route. These Walk Zones were created to preserve the safety of pedestrians. The two locations are the Joe Crowley Student Union Gateway Plaza, heading south, past the front of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, and the east side of Hilliard Plaza. These are noted on the Campus Bicycle Map.
LimeBike bike share program is a new transportation option on campus. Police Services asks that when using LimeBikes on campus, riders park the LimeBike in an existing bicycle rack. Bikes may not be parked in a way to impede pedestrian or vehicle traffic such as on sidewalks and roadways. Contact LimeBike directly with comments/concerns about the bike share program at 888-LIME-345 (888-546-3345) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skateboards on campus
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.
Transportation safety tips
• While walking around campus look up, unplug, make eye contact and pay attention;
• While driving, your attention should be on the road. Obey the speed limits and be mindful of pedestrians and bicyclists. No texting or cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle.
• If you see something, say something by notifying Police Services at 775-334-COPS (2677) or by dialing 911 if it's an emergency;
• Download the University of Nevada SafePack app. The app has important phone numbers, safety resources, a campus map, and allows users to file reports, text or email Police Services;
• Safeguard your belongings while on campus including backpacks, purses, laptops, earphones, cell phones, etc.;
• If biking on campus, lock your bike up with a U-bolt style lock. The proper way to lock a bike is through the front tire, frame and to the bike rack. Police Services will provide a demonstration if you come to the department;
• Do not leave valuables in your vehicle and be sure to lock your vehicle.
For more information, go to www.unr.edu/police.