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New pedestrian and bike paths at Purdue

You may have noticed increased pedestrian and bike traffic as students start to fill Purdue's campus. But this year, there are new pathways for bikes, skates and scooters.

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 6:51 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Like many Purdue Freshman, Thomas Curry doesn't have a car on campus.

"I'm planning on taking my bike pretty much everywhere unless it's snowing or freezing cold," said Curry. 

Curry just moved here and at home he drove his car everywhere.

"I really don't know anything about the town or any of the rules," said Curry. 

Purdue Police Chief John Cox understands. That's why he's trying to educate students about the new pathways on campus. There's a good reason for them.

"We've seen a bit of an increase of collisions between pedestrians and skateboards, pedestrians and bikes," said Cox. 

So, Purdue constructed separate pathways.

"For example, scooters and bikes, they need to use bike lanes and when those aren't available they need to use the multi-use paths," said Cox. 

Those pathways are either brick or asphalt and the sidewalks are for walkers.

"Our sidewalks are traditional concrete so we really are trying to separate the two," said Cox. 

But if you want to ride your bike on the road, you can. Just make sure you follow the rules.

"So they need to stop at the stop signs, obey the automatic signals and all the signs just as you and I would if we were driving a car," Cox. 

Cox is proud of the work done at Purdue to keep people safe and he hopes the campus community is too.

"A lot of energy and time has gone into lighting the bike paths and the pedestrian pathways," said Cox. 

Curry said he feels lucky to be here.

"Considering from my home town in Terre Haute, we don't have that many sidewalks that are even nice to bike on," said Curry. "It's nice that they're separate and we can be safe on both sides of the road."

Cox wants students to check out the new traffic and parking regulations on the school's website.

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