UCA prepares campus for growing cycling community

UCA preparing their campus for cyclists

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Biking is becoming a popular form of transportation on college campuses across the state.

Higgins, a senior at UCA and a regular bike rider said he's about 50 to 60 bikes a day. The cyclists criss-cross through the campus going from dorm rooms to the cafeteria and even over to the HPER Center to exercise. For Higgins, safety is a top concern when he rides.

“I've heard other stories of people getting ran off the road and someone actually got a little hurt,” Higgins said.

UCA has made sure to address this issue. Peter Mehl, the Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts, is on the committee pushing to get UCA designated as a bike friendly university.

He said, “On both sides there needs to be increased education and awareness. Both on the sides of cyclists and motorist.”

UCA is beginning the process of making their campus more bike friendly by not only installing more bike racks across campus but also teaching students about biker safety. They're hoping to use informative classes to help prepare the campus.

Mehl suggested, “Traffic skills 101. Just basic bike handling and bike safety.”

Anthony Fillippino, the director of Campus Outdoor Pursuits and Activities, said they have about sixty bikes and sell out every day. He believes safety is important with that many riders on campus.

“As an option for them we have bicycle helmets and we also have bicycle lights. If they want to ride at night they can also check those out too,” said Fillippino.

The committee wants to have the application submitted by spring of next year.

If you want to brush up on cyclist safety tips and regulations, click here: https://www.arkansashighways.com/publications/Bike%20safety-doc12a.pdf


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