Reckless riders may be asked to walk if offenses continue.
By Adriana Ruiz
Despite online rules that say otherwise, students may ride their bikes on campus as long as they do it responsibly, said Deputy Chief Joe Pabon Sept. 18.
That means being careful and courteous to pedestrians, he said.
According to the Alamo Colleges police department’s website, “Bicycles shall not be operated on pedestrian walkways or sidewalks, except for Police Bike Patrol.”
Pabon said the information on the website is incorrect and students are allowed to ride their bikes.
Pabon said he does not know when the change was approved, but bikes have never been allowed since he began working here two years ago.
“At one point, it was not allowed, but now we are encouraging students to do so safely,” Pabon said.
In the past, riding bikes, skateboards and skates was not allowed, and campus officers were required to tell students to stop riding, Pabon said.
Social work sophomore Robert Vanegas said in the spring semester a friend was told by campus police to get off his bike and walk to class.
Officer Michael Castillo said occasionally students approach him on campus saying they were bumped or nearly bumped by a cyclist.
Castillo said students do not always want to escalate the situation, but he will still try to catch up to the cyclists and tell them to be more careful.
Castillo said even though he cannot force students to stop riding their bikes on the walkways, he will still stop cyclists and encourage them to walk instead.
“Pedestrians have the right of way, not bicyclists,” Castillo said.
Castillo said he regularly patrols the campus on his bike, but whenever there are a lot of people on the walkways he will get off his bike and walk.
Castillo said he encourages students to do the same.
“We talk to them and ask them to be more mindful of traffic,”he said.
He said the point is for students to get to class safely.