Most students are aware of red signs prohibiting skateboards and bicycles, but if students do not know about the policies against skateboarding and cycling on campus, they certainly will when the campus police start their bicycle patrol next fall.
Detective Keith Lanning said that he is working to develop a patrol of campus police and professors to assist in educating students about the rules regarding roller blades, skateboards and bicycles, specifically where it is safe to ride and park them.
"Some people don't know that a bike is like a car," said Lanning. "The main thing is to educate them about the laws, obey the traffic signals and not ride in the crosswalks. For a lot of people, it's not their fault but they just don't know the rules."
While there is currently no patrol on campus, the police have the ability to hold students accountable if they are a danger to other students or themselves while riding their skateboards and bicycles on walkways and roadways.
Lanning said policy enforcement is limited to high-risk injury spots for students walking and riding in those areas.
Police often have to deal with the problems of bikes locked on stairs or railings because of the fire marshal hazard and the riding of bikes along the hill between the C and M lots, where car traffic is unpredictable.
Teens and adults racing and performing stunts on campus have become a serious problem during weekends as well.
The police are supposed to enforce the rules in this regard due to concerns of the campus being liable for injuries non-student riders could suffer, but they do their best to avoid citing people with tickets due to ignorance.
"We haven't gotten to where the rules are enforced by officers," said Lanning. "If we see something unsafe or see something happen we will hand them a flier about not riding skateboards or bikes on campus."
Kyle Bangayan, a sixth-year engineering technology student, is one of the many students who recognizes the unsafe places on campus to ride on and tends to dismount his skateboard when red signs or roadways pop up.
"When it's not raining I am skateboarding," said Bangayan. "During my freshman year, a cop pulled me over and gave me a warning. After that I didn't ride for a year but then I realized that they don't really enforce the policy."
Bangayan said that while he respects the rules he doesn't truly understand the policy because the campus seems broad enough that students should know where it is and is not safe to ride.
Second-year Mathematics student Michael Lesley was unaware of the rules against riding his bike on campus, but assumed that because other students rode their bikes he was fine.
"I've only been riding for a couple of weeks this quarter," said Lesley. "I see a couple people bike to class and I just ride my bike from the suites to work and back."
Lesley said with his added knowledge about the rules he would be cautious of his bicycle riding in the future.
Bangayan said he thinks these changes will do little to affect his approach to riding around campus, especially for him.
"I'm already subconsciously following the rules," said Bangayan. "It's going to be the same for me when I ride my skateboard and my bike but I've seen people skateboard in the front of the red signs and they might be in trouble."
Lanning said, however, that above all this, the fact holds that there is a policy saying students cannot be riding bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades on campus and that the rules should be respected.
"If I were to come up to you and say it was against policy, I could enforce it," said Lanning. "Hopefully you would say OK and you wouldn't do it anymore. In black and white and in the letter of the law you can't do it."