Texas Tech is very much a small city with traffic and lots of pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and roller skaters who are all trying to share the same streets.
Even with controlled access to the core of the campus, there are still hundreds of cars on our streets every day. Texas Tech alone maintains 465 vehicles ranging from golf carts to large maintenance trucks. We have the 10th largest fleet in the state and the third largest among institutions of higher education, behind The University of Texas and Texas A&M.
It is important to remember that the same rules that govern all Texas roads, apply on the Texas Tech campus. That does not only include motor vehicles, but bicyclists and pedestrians, as well. While many bicyclists and pedestrians do follow the rules, some bicyclists will fail to obey stop signs or signal when making turns. And it is not uncommon for students to step off a curb and cross the street without looking or when not at a crosswalk.
On the Texas Tech campus, pedestrians in crosswalks have the right-of-way at all times. It is the motorists’ responsibility to exercise due caution when it comes to sharing our campus with pedestrians, whether they are in a crosswalk or not.
The university, under Operating Policy 80.07, Vehicle Fleet Management Program, has devised a list of dos and don’ts for operating a university vehicle. You can see that complete list in the OP. We’ve borrowed some of those rules along with university traffic and parking regulations and some tips from the Texas Department of Public Safety for reminders of good rules of the road—and a couple just for pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters and skateboarders. These tips are not meant to convey every traffic and parking rule on campus. You can find the complete Traffic and Parking Regulations here >>.
- Make sure everyone is wearing seat belts or proper restraints.
- Do not text message, read or compose e-mails, or use a handheld cell phone while operating the vehicle.
- Do observe all traffic rules and regulations.
- Do drive carefully, safely and courteously.
- Obey the set speed limit on campus, for most areas it is 20 mph.
- Always cross at intersections or in marked crosswalks.
- Look both ways before stepping into the street, even if you are in a crosswalk–not everyone who drives on campus is used to yielding to pedestrians.
For Skaters and Skateboarders:
- Skates and skateboards should not be used in any building, stairway, elevated sidewalk, access ramp, retaining wall, handrails, mall, bench, fountain area or other architectural element.
- Skates and skateboards should not be used on streets.
- Skaters and skateboarders should always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicles, and wheelchairs or other devices designed for the transport of persons with disabilities.
- Do not ride bicycles on walkways, which include breezeways, sidewalks parallel to bike lanes and sidewalks that run in front of doors to any building.
- Bicyclists should yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
- Bicyclists should travel on the right side of the street and use bike lanes where available.
- Bicycles must be parked in designated racks only and may not be secured to shrubs, trees or any architectural structure.
- Bicycles are not permitted in academic or administrative buildings.
Carol Edwards, Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts talks about why safety is important in her college.
If you have any comments or questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is not exhaustive and should not be construed as containing all the necessary compliance, safety, or warning information available. Please make sure you consult with EH&S or appropriate supervisors for all safety information and procedures.