University police issuing citations to bicyclists
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
COLLEGE STATION -- For students at A&M, bikes are the quickest and most efficient way to get around on campus.
In fact on any given day more than 1,500 students ride their bikes to get to and from class but a lot of those riders are finding out if you don't follow the laws, you will pay the price.
Sophomore, Grace Liu, has been riding her bike on campus for two years now and even though she says it can be dangerous, she does it anyway because it's a much quicker way to get around.
"I definitely got hit the other weekend. A car was pulling out and I was going on by on the sidewalk and they didn't look to their right and so they were turning and I was going straight."
Sergeant Allan Baron, with the University Police Department, says accidents like that happen every year and it's due largely in part because bicyclists don't follow the laws.
"Many of them are not aware of the traffic laws that exist that require them to follow the rules of the roadway," Baron said.
Bicycles are considered to be a motor vehicle, so students have to follow all traffic rules and regulations.
"They need to be sure to stop at all stop signs, yield to the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and also go the correct direction down the street," said Baron.
Liu said even though she knows she's supposed to, she doesn't always do it.
"We as bikers have to follow the motor vehicle rules but at the same time if there are no cars and you can just zoom on by I think that's totally fine as well."
If a University officer catches you breaking one of these laws, your citation could cost you up to $140.
"That's more than a parking ticket here and I don't think the fines should be that expensive at all," said Liu.