University of Wyoming Police Advise Bicycle Registration, Safe Riding
Biking is a great way to get around Laramie when weather permits, but there are some do's and don'ts bicyclists should keep in mind when pedaling across the University of Wyoming campus.
"Remember, when you are on your bike, you have the same responsibilities as drivers. So, you have to obey traffic signals, stop signs, ride with the traffic, and you should never ride more than two people abreast in the right-hand lane," says UW Police Chief Mike Samp, adding that riders should use signals, slow down and give pedestrians plenty of room when passing.
"UW is a walking campus, so major walking paths may be subject to dismount zones," Samp adds. "Bicyclists are encouraged to ride at the same speed as pedestrians in dual-use areas."
Bicycles are easy to steal for many of the same reasons they are easy to use. Samp says the UW Police Department has a better chance of recovering a stolen bike if the owner has completed registration.
"UWPD strongly advises that you register your bicycle," Samp says. "The information taken off of your bicycle will allow us to do a nationwide search for the stolen property."
Wednesday, Aug. 31 is the last day of the UWPD's annual bicycle registration drive. For five bucks, owners can register their bikes from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in Simpson Plaza.
Anyone who can't make the registration drive can register bikes anytime at the UW Police Department, open 24 hours a day at 1426 E. Flint St.
When it comes to bicycle repair, UW's Outdoor Program has you covered. The program provides tools as well as an area for students to work, plus a series of bike-tuning clinics so folks can learn to work on their own bikes. The Outdoor Program can be found in the northeast section of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center.
For more information, contact the UWPD at 766-5179.