Each year, injury collisions and fatal collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists account for many of the traffic accidents on and around campus. In many instances, a lack of knowledge of the basic pedestrian and bicycle laws are contributing factors. Sonoma State University Police and Parking Services is committed to working with the campus community to maintain a safe learning and working environment for all to enjoy.
The fall semester is here and it is a time that many people enjoy biking and walking around our beautiful campus. As a reminder to the community, bicyclists are subject to the same traffic laws as motorists. Some of the safety issues that result in citations for riders and pedestrians include:
* Riding against the flow of traffic
* Riding into a roadway and failing to yield to nearby traffic
* Failing to obey traffic signs or signals
* Failing to stop at traffic lights or stop signs
* Riding at night without lights or reflectors
* Suddenly walking into the roadway
* Pedestrians not in crosswalk and failing to yield to nearby traffic
To prevent as many accidents as possible, Sonoma State University Police and Parking Services is focusing on bicycle and pedestrian safety to better ensure that everyone "Arrives Alive" at their intended destination. Officers will be monitoring campus locations and responding to unsafe or illegal acts related to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
Additionally, Police and Parking Services will be providing information through tabling, highlighting bicycle and pedestrian safety best practices and laws plus also performing bicycle registrations.
Finally, the Police and Parking Services website at www.sonoma.edu/ps/transportation/ has been updated with bicycle and pedestrian helpful tips, best practices, and safety laws.
Feel free to call Police and Parking Services or Bicycle Officer Dave Dougherty with any questions regarding bicycle or pedestrian safety, at (707) 664-4444.
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