Aug 262010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

While police were more lax on law-breaking cyclists over the past four days, bikers should be aware that laws will be enforced from here on out.

Riding in the dismount zones around campus is one way to get a $25 citation, as well as a $15 ticket if your bike isn’t registered.

The other two most common citations given out at $25 a piece are failure to stop at a stop sign and not wearing a headlamp at night, said police Sgt. Jason Meisner.
So how does one know if they are breaking a bike law?

“If you’re curious what a bike can do, ask yourself what a car can do,” Meisner said. “In the state of Colorado, a bicycle is considered a vehicle.”

Which also means that, despite jokes, it is possible to get a Bicycling Under the Influence ticket. Police issue two to four tickets a year.

“We run into it when they become a problem,” Meisner said.

Bicyclists should lock their bike to avoid theft, preferably with a U-lock. Joy Childress, an administrative assistant for the police department, said 95 percent of bikes stolen on campus are locked with a cable lock.

Bike theft is one of the biggest problems the university faces, with people coming to campus over the holiday breaks to steal bikes left with owners out of town.

According to CSU crime statistics, 196 bikes were reported stolen from campus last year.

Police will also dispose of bikes left over the holiday breaks. Abandoned bikes are marked and taken to the impound lot for 90 days before being donated. Owners can pick up their bikes from CSUPD by paying a $15 fine.

The good news is that if your bike is stolen and is registered, there is a 25 percent chance of it being recovered, according to Childress.

To register your bike, go to CSUPD located in Green Hall or online at http://police.colostate.edu/pages/bike-traffic.aspx.

Staff writer Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Know the bike laws

Common biking citations on campus
$25: Riding in the dismount zones around campus
$25: Failure to stop at a stop sign
$25: Not wearing a headlamp while riding at night
$15: If caught riding an unregistered bike

Bike registration
$10: The cost to register your bike with the CSU Police Department.
Registration is good for the life of the sticker.
To register your bike, go to CSUPD located in Green Hall or online at http://police.colostate.edu/pages/bike-traffic.aspx.
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Bike theft*
196: The number of bikes reported stolen from campus last year.
95: The percent of bikes reported stolen that were locked with a cable lock.
U-lock: The type of lock CSUPD recommends students use to secure their bike.

For more information about bikes and bike laws, visit: http://police.colostate.edu/pages/bike-traffic.aspx.

(Information courtesy of CSUPD.)

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