Methods to commute on campus can pose safety problems

The self-balancing electric scooter is one way students get around campus.
Megan Lunsford | The Scribe
Nov. 9, 2015

Abbie Stillman
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Skateboards, longboards, bicycles and even Segways are a few of the modes of transportation used on campus.

Segways, introduced in 2002, are a balancing, electronic means of wheeled transportation. Some have handles, while others simply require the rider to stand on them.

According to executive director of Public Safety Brian McPike, some of these transportation modes are turning into an issue.

“We are planning on starting a campaign to put together guidelines for those who use skateboards, longboards, bikes and segways on campus and in the dorms,” McPike said. “A vehicle was actually hit by a long boarder not long ago who made no effort to slow down or stop.”

The long boarder was injured and McPike said he is worried about how long it will be until people are riding around and texting.

“This could really turn into something dangerous,” McPike said.

“I have seen people on boards crash a few times, which is a bit worrisome,” said freshman psychology major Noah Burnham.

Burnham said he also heard Segways referred to as ‘hoverbullets.’

“I have not seen (Segways) inside yet,” he said.

McPike asked that students riding skateboards, longboards, bicycles and Segways to be extremely careful for they will be charged criminally if they hurt anyone or cause damage to someone’s property.

“These transportation methods can become something very serious when being careless,” McPike said.