New policy at UH Manoa for bicycles, skateboards

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It’s a new school year.  The University of Hawaii at Manoa has new rules in place that are aimed at keeping everyone safe while traveling through campus.

There are now certain areas on campus where you can no longer ride your bicycle or skateboard, or use other “coasting devices” especially when it’s crowded.

Those “Share Zone Areas” include McCarthy Mall, Legacy Path, the Sustainability Courtyard, and the PE/Athletic Complex.

In those areas, students are supposed to walk their bicycle or carry their skateboard during periods of high foot traffic.

It’s all part of the Move with Aloha campus initiative.

“We have never had a policy before. So we’re kind of excited to roll it out,” said Crysttal Steiner with UH Manoa Commuter Services.

“I think it has good intentions,” bicyclist Gabe Sachter-Smith said.

The new policy was created in response to concerns about near misses and even collisions by bicyclists and skateboarders.

“The one I saw, a skateboarder darted out into the street and a car didn’t exactly expect him,” Steiner said.

UH Manoa student Gabe Chun depends on his skateboard to get to class on time.

“Sometimes they let us out like five minutes late, and then some professors start a little early.  So if you have a class, if you have to travel across campus, you’re not going to make it on time,” Chun said.

What does he think about the new policy?

“I think that it’s not going to work,” Chun said. “Because today I was riding my skateboard through, and I see others riding their skateboards through.”

There’s no penalty under the new policy.

“It’s impossible to do an enforcement effort and really what we need to do is have the attitude where we treat each other respectfully,” Steiner said.

Steiner says the purpose isn’t to discourage people from riding bicycles or skateboards, but rather it’s a reminder to be mindful of others when traveling through campus.

On Wednesday morning, students, faculty and staff will parade through the “Share Zone Areas” to show support of the new policy.

Anyone who would like to participate can meet in front of Kennedy Theatre at 9:45 a.m.

For more information, visit this website.

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