The potential for misadventures between bikes and pedestrians on the UCSC campus is almost infinite. Small paths, busy roads and lots of foot, car and bike traffic combine to make the perfect recipe for a collision, and many achieve these pile-ups without even trying. However, here are some helpful tips to increase the potential of a bike-to-pedestrian encounter.
- Step suddenly and without warning into the bike lane. Make sure you don’t look over your shoulder before making this spontaneous move.
- Turn the volume in your headphones all the way up between walking classes so that you couldn’t possibly hear the whiz of bike tires zooming past you, let alone a warning bell or shout from its rider.
- If you’re walking with friends, walk in a line that stretches across the entire path or roadway. If you have enough people, a giant clump is also recommended.
- If you see a biker coming down a hill into an intersection while you are waiting to cross the street, you should try and dash across the intersection before they get there. Don’t wait for them to pass.
- If a biker says “On your left”, move left.
- Walk erratically and unpredictably down roads, especially the road from the bookstore to McHenry Library. Walking in the middle of the road is an added bonus.
- Walk on the bike path (the small path from the Recital Hall to the Farm/Village). This is an especially good way to have a high-velocity encounter with a bike.