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Mizzou on the move

Get where you want to be on campus by following a few simple rules of the road — and sidewalk

 

Story by: Sara Diedrich

 

Traffic congestion during Mizzou's 2018 move-in
High traffic volume during move-in marks the start of Mizzou's 2018 school year.

 

As the new academic year gets underway at the University of Missouri, it’s important to remember that drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians must work together to make campus a safe place to get where they want to be.

Safety is a shared responsibility. Everyone has a part to play.

Here are a few reminders to help make Mizzou a safe place to be on the move. Note: Certain parts of campus are closed to vehicular traffic from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. It’s important to give yourself extra time to get where you want to be.

What to remember if you’re on bicycle:

  • Wear a helmet. It could save your life.
  • Obey all signs and signals — that includes stopping at stop signs and red lights.
  • Ride in the direction of traffic.
  • Be prepared to yield to pedestrians.
  • Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • Don’t ride on sidewalks within the business district, which is north of Elm Street.
  • When traveling slower than the flow of traffic, ride close to the right side of the road.
  • Ride abreast only when not impeding traffic.
  • Use a light and reflex mirrors or reflective clothing when bicycling at night; be as visible as possible.
  • Avoid distractions, such as listening to headphones, texting or answering the phone.

Learn more about bicycle safety and free bike repairs at the Bike Resource Center, which is a part of MU’s Environmental Leadership Office.

What to remember if you’re on foot:

  • Look up from your cell phone and watch where you’re going, especially at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Be careful crossing multiple lanes of traffic. Make sure each lane is clear before crossing.
  • Vehicles have the right-of-way on all streets, unless at crosswalks or intersections.
  • Obey all pedestrian traffic signals.
  • Enhance your visibility at night. Walk in well-lit areas, carry a flashlight or wear something reflective, such as stickers or armbands.
  • Cross at designated crosswalks; it’s not only safer, it’s the law.
  • You only have the right of way at a crosswalk when you step onto the street, not while waiting on the sidewalk.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk.
  • Be defensive and alert. Never assume a driver or bicyclist will stop.

What to remember if you’re behind the wheel:

  • Slow down. The speed limit on campus is 20 mph.
  • Be cautious. Pedestrians can and will cross between parked cars, on red lights and in the middle of intersections.
  • Be prepared to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • When turning right, be careful. Pedestrians might have a “walk” sign.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections.
  • MUPD and Columbia police ticket drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

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© — Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer. Published by MU Operations.