Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 29, 2015 5:00 AM

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Cyclists need not appear

One of the side “benefits” of the new automated parking system that the Parking & Transportation Department has installed on campus is that now bicycles and motorcycles (along with pedestrians) are now forbidden, according to signs on the gates, from using these entrances.

As a commuter cyclist, I use the entrance to the parking lot serving the Main Library and EPB daily to access bike parking at both of those buildings as it is the most direct route, which is important for those of us traveling under our own power. There is motorcycle parking in this lot as well. Only, it seems those riders will be also forbidden from accessing it.

The previous gates were just long enough that a bike or a motorcycle could get through them. The new gates are long and will allow no access unless they’re open, and it would appear they were only open for …. drivers of cars.

Are there no commuter cyclists who work for Campus Planning and Parking and Transportation who will take into consideration anyone who does something other than driving a car? Are we really a bike-friendly campus when only the interests of those who drive are seriously considered?

Donald Baxter

Editorial: IC ‘de-escalation techniques’ shortsighted

De-escalation implies that the situation has already escalated. That training should be the third step, as it is reactive. The first two steps are proactive. The FIRST step should be to stop racial profiling. The SECOND step should be training in working with people of different cultures and youth, as well as those with mental illnesses. The THIRD step should be training in de-escalating situations. If the first two steps are taught and used skillfully and appropriately, the third should rarely be needed.

Martha Arp Shaw

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