Campus crime figures from the past three academic years before show rising trends in mental health cases and bicycle safety concerns as well as a decrease in alcohol-related crimes due to greater attention from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS).
Campus crime figures for the 2011-12 academic year show little overall divergence from previous years, according to data compiled by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS). Alcohol-related incidents, however, did increase by a significant margin.
Everyone who lives or works at the Stanford campus, be they freshmen, professors, grounds workers or President Hennessy himself, depends both directly and indirectly on the local street network to carry out their business and enjoy recreational activities. The many malls and arcades that make Stanford’s main campus so postcard-worthy and accessible generally fulfill the demands of the community quite well. Unfortunately, poorly designed intersections on the outskirts of campus contribute to students’ isolation from surrounding cities and also endanger those who travel to and from campus each day.
It should come as no surprise to students to learn that the League of American Bicyclists recently named Stanford the most bicycle-friendly university in the nation. We should remember that the vehicle-free paths, bike racks, bike lanes and subsidized helmets that we take for granted have not always been here, and that biking on campus is an enjoyable, relatively safe option for so many of us only because of far-sighted investments of the past. Today, almost 22 percent of Stanford faculty, staff and students get to work or class on bicycles. Stanford should not rest on this accomplishment; rather, it should continue to improve the cycling experience on campus and work with nearby communities to make cycling a safer option for all students and local commuters.
The reluctance of Stanford students to wear bike helmets is not a new issue. It is raised every year, and people continue to wonder why such an intelligent and informed community resists this common safety practice. Bike helmets are made available, alarming statistics are publicized and many helmet promotion efforts are undertaken, usually with limited effectiveness. The strategy of persuading students and decreasing the burden of using a helmet is not getting the job done. But members of the Parking and Transportation Services (P&TS) Bicycle Program have realized this and taken the right approach by developing a new program, one based on community norms, shared goals and positive peer pressure.
The Graduate Student Council and student group members gathered Wednesday evening at the council’s first meeting of fall quarter to discuss community-building measures and budget-oriented considerations.
Yichao Wang, a Chinese graduate student who struck a car while bicycling at a Palm Drive intersection Feb. 3 and suffered major head trauma, died Friday. He was 25.