It’s cold and as any Idaho resident will tell you, the winter weather isn’t ending anytime soon.

Whether you’re a motorist, a cyclist or a pedestrian on campus, you will most definitely be trying to avoid the freezing temperatures of the season.

But when the university is covered in ice and snow, is enough done to keep everyone safe?

Snow and ice cover the sidewalks and streets every year and it’s a pain to drive on and just sucks, shouldn’t someone shovel it?

Luckily Boise State has a department which takes care of it for us.

Winter safety is the handiwork of Transportation and Parking Services (TPS).

As Assistant Director Nicole Bandas said, “Our priorities change (in case of heavy snow) because safety is priority number one.”

Depending on Mother Nature, said Bandas, the TPS has staff out at anywhere from 3 to 5 a.m., plowing and salting the roads. And according to the department’s “Winter Safety and Precautions,” its goal is to have all main sidewalks safe and accessible by 8 a.m.

Additionally, TPS parking ambassadors, the people who check the parking meters, offer safety assistance when snow is an issue on campus.

So maybe the next time you receive a parking ticket, you should be thankful you could at least get to campus on a safe road that morning.

Even parking—which is normally a simple task—can be complicated when temperatures plummet.

Manny Wheaton, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said, “I don’t really have a problem with it (parking) other than the fact that I have to park on the highest floors of Brady Garage and get a citation if I’m in the wrong spot.”

To students faced with this problem, Bandas explained how little the turnover is with residential drivers. In other words, some students will stay parked in the garages for days at a time without moving.

The way the TPS looks at it, why should those who pay daily to park be required to drive all the way up to the higher levels? It’s all about accountability.

Nevertheless, when weather conditions are drastic, the TPS compensates by allowing residential motorists to park one level lower depending on their designated garage.

Ultimately TPS is ocusing on the safety and well-being of students and everyone else on campus.