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USC Bans Bicycles on Campus Paths Considered Bike Lanes

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Riding on the USC campus (Photo by Christa . Bike by the Sea via Flickr)


Riding on the USC campus (Photo by Christa . Bike by the Sea via Flickr)
Areas designated as bike lanes on the USC campus are now unfriendly territory for bike riders, after "Dr. Charlie Lane, associate senior vice president for Career and Protective Services, announced at a bicycle safety forum that the school is enacting a bicycle ban on [...] the two major pedestrian thoroughfares on the USC campus," according to the LADOT Bike Blog.

As of yesterday, bicyclists may not use Trousdale Parkway and Childs Way, which happen to be "the primary north-south and east-west thoroughfares through campus, each almost half a mile in distance." One tension, points out the LADOT Bike Blog, however, is that "Trousdale Parkway is currently listed as a bike lane in Metro’s new bike map and is listed as a bike path facility by [G]oogle."

Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. bicyclists must walk their bikes along those paths. The ban was enacted because of safety concerns that have arisen recently on campus regarding the volume of pedestrians and the number of bike-pedestrian collisions.

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Previously: With 10,000 to 15,000 Bicycles a Day on USC's Campus, Calls for a Beefier Bicycle Plan