Portion of U of A Campus Becoming 'Walk Only' Zone

FAYETTEVILLE, AR-- The central core of the University of Arkansas campus will become a "Walk Only" zone starting on the first day of school, August 25th. This zone already has no automobile roads, but when the "Walk Only" rule begins, people will no longer be able to ride bicycles and skateboards in the zone. Bicycle riders will have to walk their bikes, and skateboarders will have to carry their boards. No delivery vehicles will be allowed on the sidewalks, either. The only vehicles permitted will be a few authorized service vehicles.

The zone is a rectangular area that runs in front of the student union on the west border, and right behind Old Main on the east. The "Walk Only" rule will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Steve Gahagans, director of the University of Arkansas Police Department, told U of A Newswire, "We have very heavy pedestrian traffic in this area all through the day, and particularly when classes are changing. When you add bicycles, skateboards, golf carts and service vehicles the congestion becomes dangerous. We have had several pedestrians injured by bike riders in recent years – and we’ve had many complaints of close calls. This plan will make the sidewalks safer, without any major inconvenience."

Facilities management will post signs along the borders of the zone to warn bike riders and skateboarders. U of A Police officers will be patrolling the area.

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