RL 1301: Pedestrians, bike riders theme to trade laws

While vehicles frequently are concerned in collisions, automobile and lorry drivers are not alone when it comes to following trade reserve laws.


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Several policies and recommendations are in place for pedestrians and bicyclists as well, according to a Texas Tech Transportation Parking Services website.

Stacy Stockard, selling coordinator of a department, pronounced bicyclists should know they are approaching to follow a manners of a highway like drivers.

“If they float in a street, anything a automobile would do they’ll need to do as well,” she said. “Under state law, a bicycle is treated like a car if they’re roving in a street.”

This includes interlude during stop signs and agreeable for pedestrians, Eric Crouch, handling executive of Transportation Parking Services, said.

If there is a bicycle line in a street, a cyclist contingency use that line instead of a sidewalk, Stockard said, and a use of U-locks is speedy to forestall burglary when not in use.

However, bicycles should usually be sealed to designated racks, according to a Parking Services website.

If a bike is sealed to a tree, architectural structure or another unidentified location, there is a normal seizure price of $40, according to a website.

Bicycles need to accommodate scold light and mirror requirements, according to a website, and should be operated on a scold side of a road.

Bicyclists face adult fines to $200 per defilement underneath state law, according to a website.

“We are a free-range campus, that means we can float only about anywhere,” Stockard said. “You can float on sidewalks, too, with only a few exceptions — breezeways and sidewalks that run where a building doorway opens to them.”

With bicycles authorised to be ridden roughly anywhere and vehicles going adult to 30 mph on campus, Stockard pronounced pedestrians should compensate courtesy to where they are walking to forestall incidents.

Technology has helped emanate a national issue, with some pedestrians focused on phones instead of where they are walking, Stockard said.

“Look adult and be aware,” she said. “We’ve had reports of students walking into buses and parked cars, so we inspire everybody to make certain and demeanour up, generally when you’re in a parking lot or channel a street.”

Campus officials have discussed how to forestall collisions on campus between drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, Crouch said.

Most vehicles are not authorised to be driven on campus as a reserve precaution, Stockard said, since it helps revoke trade in a many undiluted areas of campus.

Many campus discussions on walking reserve have focused on manifest crosswalk signage and preparation for drivers, though Crouch pronounced he frequently points out that reserve goes both ways.

“Pedestrians also have a responsibility,” he said. “It’s not only a driver.”