Bike policy confusion

By Samuel Charles

As reported by The Chronicle on Sept. 27, Columbia’s administration announced a new decision regarding the bike policy by allowing bicycles to be brought into campus buildings because of the limited number of bike racks available on campus.

However, there is confusion about the new rule’s parameters.

The announcement, which was e-mailed to all faculty and staff as well as posted in the Student News section of Columbia’s website on Sept. 27, made no distinction between who is and who is not allowed to bring the bikes into campus buildings.

“[Columbia is] tabling the ‘inside the building’ bicycle prohibition until [it has] had an opportunity to make further evaluations and arrive at a more workable solution,” the announcement stated. “Effective Monday, Sept. 27, the prohibition on bicycles in academic buildings will be lifted pending the office’s ability to develop alternatives.”

This week, however, there have been instances of security guards not allowing students to enter buildings with their bicycles, telling them only faculty told The Chroncile on Sept. 29 that he staff members are permitted to do this.

Joe Leamanczyk, project manager in the Office of Campus Environment, was listed as the contact if there were questions regarding the policy, and was also unsure of the exact details regarding who could bring their bikes inside.

Senior Matt Adam said he believes because of the amount of money students pay to attend Columbia, the college should be able to provide students and faculty with sufficient places to park their bikes.

“Tuition is high,” Adam said. “They should be able to supply something to lock our bikes to.”

Associate Vice President of Campus Safety and Security Robert Koverman said there will most likely not be any more announcements clarifying the new policy.

However, there will be more accouncements regarding a permanent solution.

“The next announcement will be some clarification on what the [permanent] policy will be and what the alternatives to bringing bikes to campus are,” Koverman said.