OSU cyclists are upset that the university has removed all bike lanes on campus:
Cyclists on campus are hoping to find a solution to the now non-existent bike lanes.
Oklahoma State University recently removed all bike lanes on campus in hopes of creating a more shared campus, according to an article in the O’Colly on Sept. 26.
Trevor Steward, president of the Oklahoma State University Cycling Club and off-campus SGA senator, said he plans to meet with a group of university faculty and staff later today to discuss some concerns that the OSU cycling community has about the removal. The meeting will include Lee Bird, OSU vice president for student affairs, university architect Nigel Jones, Mike Buchert, director of Long Range Facilities Planning, and others.
The OSU Cycling Club was never notified or contacted for consultation concerning the removal of the bike lanes, Steward said.
“This is (the students’) university,” he said. “We should have a say in how this campus is run and looks.”
More disturbing, apparently the University is encouraging the very dangerous practice of riding on sidewalks:
The O’Colly article encouraged cyclists to ride on sidewalks and outlined campus plans for shared sidewalks instead of bike lanes.
Riding on sidewalks is very dangerous because of obstacles like pedestrians, driveways and crossroads, Bruer said.
“It is just as dangerous, if not more, than riding on the road,” he said. “Most cycling communities have realized that it is dangerous to ride on sidewalks.”
Bruer also noted that the University of California-Berkley is advising OSU on adopting a campus without bike lanes.
“UC Berkley is not a recognized bike-friendly campus,” he said. “We are getting our advice from a campus that is not considered bike-friendly.”