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Date: Mon Apr 09 2012 - 07:32:04 MDT
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 07:32:04 -0600 (MDT) From: Administrative E-Memo <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Focused enforcement of new Boulder crosswalk laws
TO: CU-Boulder students, faculty and staff
FROM: University of Colorado Police Department
SENDER: Joe Roy, University Police Chief
DATE: April 9, 2012
SUBJECT: Focused enforcement of new Boulder crosswalk laws
Earlier this year, the Boulder City Council passed three new laws to make the
city's crosswalks safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Starting this
week, the Boulder and University of Colorado police departments will focus
enforcement efforts on these new laws. Specifically, UCPD officers will target
high traffic areas of campus and continue ongoing pedestrian safety efforts.
I want to share with students, faculty and staff what these laws are and why
they are important in order to maintain safety around campus. First, here are
the three amendments to the Boulder Revised Code:
-- "Stop at crosswalk required" [7-4-77] stipulates that when one vehicle
stops to yield for a person in a crosswalk, another vehicle cannot overtake and
pass that vehicle.
-- "8 mph speed limit for bicycles in a crosswalk" [7-5-5] establishes a speed
limit of 8 mph for bicyclists during the immediate approach, entry and
traversal of any crosswalk that spans a roadway.
-- "Pedestrian obedience to traffic signal required" [7-5-15(f)] targets the
use of flashing crosswalks (those with flashing yellow crosswalk signs) by
requiring a person crossing to enter the crosswalk with the warning device
Possible penalties for violating the new laws are listed below:
-- Stop at Crosswalk Required [7-4-77]: possible $300 bond, $125 mail-in fine
and 4 point violation
-- Speeding bicycles in Crosswalks [7-5-5]: possible $100 mail-in fine and 0
-- Pedestrian Obedience to Traffic Signals [7-5-15(f)]: possible $50 mail-in
fine and 0 points
The City of Boulder recently completed its "Safe Streets Boulder" report,
which analyzed data from motor vehicle collisions involving bicyclists and
pedestrians. Intersections surrounding the campus were among those with the
highest rate of these collisions. While accidents will happen in areas where
thousands of people travel every day, we can all do our part to reduce that
number of incidents.
I'd encourage you to read pedestrian safety tips on the Police Department's
website at http://police.colorado.edu/crime-prevention-safety/pedestrian-safety.
Among the tips:
-- Pedestrians should make themselves visible and avoid dangerous behavior and
situations. Make eye contact with drivers and pay attention to the environment
-- Drivers should be aware of crossing pedestrians at all times, whether they
are in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a
-- Become familiar with the operation of the "high-intensity activated
crosswalk" - or HAWK system - installed at the crosswalk that connects the
Engineering Center with Regent Autopark. When the signal turns solid red,
drivers are required to stop. When it alternates and flashes red, drivers must
come to a complete stop and may only proceed if there are no longer pedestrians
in the crosswalk.
Let's work together to make the campus a safer place. Take the extra time to
be aware of your surroundings and look out for other members of the community.
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