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December 11, 1992 - Image 11

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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 11, 1992 - Page 11

Survey reveals students
concerned over campus
bicycle routes, safety

by Robin Litwin
Daily MSA Reporter
Of 281 students, faculty, and staff surveyed,
218 said they think bicycle safety is a problem
on campus, according to a bicycle safety sur-
vey conducted by the Campus Safety
Committee (CSC).
The survey was taken as a result of a man-
date given to CSC by U-M President James
Duderstadt, who asked the committee to take
action to promote bicycle safety on campus.
CSC chair Joel Strimling said the commit-
tee will eventually agree on one proposal that
will then be presented to the vice president for
student affairs, the associate vice president for
business operations, and the director of affir-
mative action. The proposal may then move to
the U-M Board of Regents for a vote.
"Right now I think it is very important for
the committee to get student input. I would
like to have some sort of (campus-wide) ballot
or a special ballot through (the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly) on the policy," Strimling said.
Strimling added that he does not foresee a
complete ban on bikes.
"I would like to see bikers required to go a
safe and reasonable speed and have some
sidewalks for bikers and some for pedestrians.
The only problem is that we don't have a way
to enforce it yet," Strimling said.
Although Strimling said he thinks bicycle
safety is a concern to both pedestrians and bi-
cyclists, he does not see a policy being imple-

mented in the near future.
"We're only in the beginning stages. Per-
sonally I don't think anything will happen until
next year," Strimling said.
Many MSA members said they do not think
a policy is needed, but if one is to be imple-
mented, they want to work with the administra-
tion to protect student rights.
"I'd like to see us work closely with who-
ever replaces Joel Strimling and hopefully con;-
sult with that person often," said Engineering
Rep. Brian Kight. "Hopefully we can set
something up as an alternative to an outright
ban on bikes which I think is absurd," he
Kight also stressed the importance of stu-
dent involvement with the policy.
"We should do our best to inform students
and get them involved in the process," Kight
MSA External Relations Chair Tobias
Zimmerman agreed, adding that he does not
agree with the process that will be used to imi-
plement the policy.
"Why does Duderstadt, who drives a car
everyday, get a say? He never even walks in
the Diag," Zimmerman said. "The process is so
frustrating. (The administration) gets a com-
mittee to say something that they've already
decided on. That way they can say students
came up with it," he added.
"I personally think it would be a restriction
on student rights, and is therefore a bad thing,"
Zimmerman added.


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