In her excellent letter in the Boulder Daily Camera last week (“Bikes on campus, slow down for peds”), Helen E. Browne — who is on the campus as a senior auditor four days — writes that, “Every day I am on campus, I have at least one encounter with a bicycle. I am passed at high speed, cut off or nearly struck head on.”
I don’t know Helen Browne, but my experiences on the three days a week that I walk across the campus to get to the Rec Center — and library — are very similar to those of Ms. Brown, whom I have never met. Since I have poor vision, and am 88, I recognize that I must be especially aware of the dangers posed by high speed cyclists on the campus.
But these high-speed cyclists on the campus are a danger not just to old codgers like me, but to the tens of thousands of young students passing from one class to the class or activity in a different building.
They deserve the right to talk with friends or think about the questions in the exam they just took as they move on. But, instead, they must be alert to bikes whizzing by them or towards them, No, not every minute but in just in the minute they are laughing at what your fellow student just told them.
Why could the authorities at CU not declare the use of bicycles off limits?
Why should the campus not be reserved for walking by students from one class or activity to another? Just as driving one’s automobile or motorcycle from one building on the campus to another is forbidden?
Maybe a bike parking lot could be arranged along the border of the campus. Then bikers would have equal rights with all their fellow-students, faculty, staff and administrators.