Story by Baylie Escamilla
With relatively long walks to class, students might find that the fastest mode of transportation available is a bicycle. When riding a bike on campus there are a few rules and regulations, all of which can be found in the Campus Bicycle Rules and Regulations section on the BYU-Idaho website. Students agree to these rules when they register their bike.
After registration, students will receive a sticker allowing them to park their bikes in bike racks on campus. Improper parking will lead to a $10 fine while parking without a registration sticker may lead to impounding. Students are encouraged to lock their bikes to prevent theft.
Pedestrians have the right of way on the sidewalk and in parking lots. The bike should never go faster than walking speed (about five miles an hour) if there are students present. At times like class changes, when there is a large amount of foot traffic, bicyclists are encouraged to get off and walk with their bikes. Failure to abide by the speed limit may result in a fine or misdemeanor if they have repeated offenses, according to Campus Rules and Bicycle Regulations.
A majority of students do not follow the bike rules.
“Closer to campus I feel like bicyclists they speed up a lot and it’s a little rude. There are times when I feel like some students, in particular, don’t remember the rules and they go really fast and it can be dangerous. Especially if students aren’t watching out,” said Irena Ellis, a freshman studying psychology.
“I think the speed limit is walking distance. I don’t think a lot of people follow it at all,” said Bailey Wilkins, a freshman studying international studies.
Bikes should be ridden only as transportation, any recreational biking should be done off campus or the spinning classes offered in the John W. Hart Building, according to the Campus Rules and Bike Regulation.
When riding off-campus, students must follow the same laws as motor vehicles– stop at lights, at stop signs and use hand signals before turning. They may use the sidewalk when no street is available, but must yield to pedestrians, according to Rexburg police website.
“I like to use them just because it keeps me from smashing into anyone, but it’s hard because a lot of times cars are parked on the side in the middle of the bike lane. I try to use them when I can,” said Wilkins.
Lights on the front and back are required for riding at night, according to the police website.
While it is not legally required to wear helmets, it is encouraged for students to wear them in order to prevent injuries in potential accidents.
“As far as I know, not a lot of people have gotten into any serious accidents, and usually, people don’t wear helmets so I don’t think it’s a huge issue,” Ellis said.
“I actually have a helmet and I feel like I’m pretty safe, but it is a special precaution. It should probably be enforced,” Wilkins said.
Pedestrian Saftey is the first concern, but safety for bicyclists is equally important. Pedestrians and bicyclists should be considerate of one another and follow the school rules.