East Lansing, Mich. As students, faculty and staff return to campus, the Michigan State University Police Department would like to remind motorists and pedestrians to move safe.
The Move Safe campaign focuses on educating motorists and pedestrians about taking safety measures while walking, biking and driving a vehicle or moped. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Always follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Cross streets at crosswalks. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
- Look for cars in all directions – including those turning left or right.
- Wear a bicycle helmet.
- Try to make yourself visible to others with lights and bright clothing.
- Always use bike lanes or designated paths.
- Look out for pedestrians and cyclists everywhere, at all times.
- Avoid distractions while driving.
- Drivers must share the road with bicyclists, even when marked bike lanes are not available.
Scooters & Mopeds
- You must follow the same traffic rules as other motor vehicle operators.
- You should not ride your moped on the sidewalk.
As part of the Move Safe campaign, starting Aug. 30, 2017, the MSU 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.
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 must 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.
To learn more about the Move Safe campaign and the moped regulation changes, visit movesafe.police.msu.edu.