Parking and Transportation employee Israel Uribe spends some of his work time clothed in a bright yellow and orange vest near the Albertsons Library, calling out to passing students on bikes and longboards and asking them to dismount and walk.
“Some are pretty compliant and some have an attitude,” Uribe said. “I just point at the signs and they listen.”
Students skateboarding and riding bikes through the quad this year may be greeted by a neon vested Parking and Transportation employee like Uribe, who are charged with enforcing Boise State’s Pedestrian
“Most (students) are agreeable when we are asking them to dismount but some get very upset and we understand they are trying to get through campus,” said Nicole Nimmons, assistant director for the Department of Transportation and Parking Services.
Nimmons said officials at Boise State designated the quad area as bike and skateboard free in response to multiple complaints from students who felt threatened by injury.
“We have had a few complaints this week in regards to that,” Nimmons said. “Right now we have two staff members that are going to be on the quad just to remind people of our policy and the safety of humans, which is why we are really out there.”
Currently, violation of the Pedestrian Priority policy won’t land students a ticket and Nimmons thinks enforcement penalties shouldn’t be increased.
“We don’t want to go to that at all,” Nimmons said. “We just want people to take ownership of themselves and others.”
Without the manpower and money to enforce the policy, Nimmons is relying on the common sense
“What we really need is peer enforcement, others telling others ‘Hey, you really need to get off of your bike or skateboard,” Nimmons said.
According to Nimmons, she and her colleagues worked with city officials to provide a clear bike path on University Ave. and have worked to maintain bike accessibility on the Greenbelt in order to make biking safer and more convenient.
“Our method is to get more people out there to educate. They are also out there to notify people of where they can ride their bikes,” Nimmons said.
While Parking and Transportation focuses its efforts on maintaining Pedestrian Priority Zones, some students argue they are wasting time and money.
“I don’t see anybody getting run over and people are just mounting their bikes directly after passing these guys,” Sophomore psychology major, Sacora Sanders, said in reference to Parking and Transportation staff posed near the
Albertsons Library. Sanders rides a longboard to reach classes across campus.
Though the Greenbelt and University Ave. offer alternate paths for those riding wheels, Sanders instead advocated for a seperate path through the heart
of the university.
“It doesn’t really connect through everything like here in the quad. Maybe we should have a designated path for people that are riding,” Sanders said.