East Lansing, Mich. Starting Aug. 30, 2017, the Michigan State University Police Department will require moped operators to register their mopeds with the MSU Police Department Parking Office.
Requiring moped permits is phase one of the transition to prohibit mopeds from being allowed to park at bike racks on campus due to the dangers of mopeds driving on the sidewalks. Phase two of the new regulation will require mopeds to be parked in designated moped parking areas that will be strategically placed around campus. Phase two is expected to take effect during the 2018-2019 academic year.
This new regulation is in response to the recommendation made by the All University Traffic and Transportation Committee (AUTTC) and the feedback received from students who submitted a proposal at the summer AUTTC meeting.
“Safety measures are taken to promote harmony in mobility which has been a key message in the department’s Move Safe campaign,” said Deputy Director John Prush. “Moped operators driving on the sidewalk is not only a moving violation but it also poses a danger to pedestrians and the driver of the moped.”
During the 2017-2018 academic year, moped parking permits will be required for all mopeds parking at bicycle racks on campus. Moped parking permits are $50 and are valid for one year. Moped operators should walk their mopeds to the bicycle racks, as they are not permitted to drive on sidewalks. Drivers choosing to park in metered or pay-by-plate parking areas are not required to register their moped.
The new regulation for moped use on campus is part of the Move Safe campaign, which focuses on educating motorists and pedestrians about taking safety measures while walking, biking and driving a vehicle or moped. To learn more about the Move Safe campaign and the moped regulation changes, visit movesafe.police.msu.edu.