Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety the Focus of UNCW and Wilmington Police Campaign

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The University Police Department will team up with the WPD to enforce traffic laws and promote pedestrian and bike safety. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Enforcement Campaign will be conducted from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 11 and 19 at two areas of high concern along South College Road.

“We are partnering with the WPD to help ensure the safety of UNCW students who walk or ride their bikes to and from campus,” said UPD Capt. Todd Curry. “Police will use the campaign as an opportunity to educate drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians in traffic laws, and we will also be enforcing those laws when we see violations.”

The campaign will focus on the intersection of Randall Drive and South College, as well as a segment of the road that sees some students crossing between traffic lights near the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The UPD’s attention to safety and security are part of UNCW’s efforts to create a supportive, student-centered community, one of the goals outlined in the university’s strategic plan.

UNCW also participates in the statewide Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bike safety program, which aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education and police enforcement.

-- Tricia Vance