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Bike-Riding Banned On The OSU Oval Beginning April 17
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University officials are calling it â€œHonor The Oval.â€ Starting April 17, the Ohio State Oval will be restricted to pedestrians only. Bicyclists and skateboarders will have to dismount and walk across the heart of campus.
OSU officials began studying changes to vehicular and pedestrian traffic last fall after a number of accidents occurred. After months of study, both short-range and long-term goals were established. One of those goals will be implemented April 17. It will turn the Oval into whatâ€™s being called a Walk Zone.
Lindsay Komlanc, a spokeswoman for the universityâ€™s Office of Administration and Planning, says the study helped identify how different modes of transportation interacted with one another.
â€œOne of the ways we wanted to start to stress the need for us to separate the different forms of transportation was by establishing a walk zone on the oval to help show which types of transportation were most suitable for different areas,â€ Komlanc says.
Komlanc says there will be a culture shift taking place on campus that will begin with The Oval.
â€œWe understand that this is a very large change and when youâ€™re talking about the start of a culture shift we want to make sure that we spend a lot of time educating the university community about what it is and what it means,â€ Komlanc says.
One student who would not give his name described the culture shift this way:
â€œI think itâ€™s bulls**t,â€
But Komlanc says bicycles should not be ridden on sidewalks.
â€œA bicycle is a vehicle and a bicycle belongs in the road. For those areas where bicycles donâ€™t want to be in the road or feel that it would be better not to be mixing with motor vehicles thatâ€™s perfectly fine, but it does mean that they need to interact with pedestrians and so we need to think about dismounting and walking bicycles,â€ Komlanc says.
â€œI think thatâ€™s kind of horrible. I donâ€™t really like that that much,â€ says Josh Gonzales, another student.
Gonzales also thinks that banning bicycle-riding on The Oval is a bad idea.
â€œItâ€™s a very large hub; to go from north to south or to go from east to west. Pretty much if youâ€™re on campus youâ€™re going to be on The Oval,â€ says Gonzales.
On the afternoon of April 17th volunteers will be out on the Oval educating students, faculty and staff about the new Walk Zone designation. The University will begin fining violators next fall.