Safety Topic of the Month
Safety On Campus
Pedestrian safety on Campus is always a concern. Year
round, UNM has pedestrians crossing in many areas. Please follow these safety
- Don’t be distracted when
crossing the street.
- Even though you may be in
a crosswalk and have the right of way, don’t count on the driver seeing you. A
driver may not see you for various reasons, such as obstacles in the area, sun
in their eyes, or distracted driving.
- Report unsafe crosswalk
areas. Don’t assume others know about a problem at the crossing area. If you
see something that concerns you, please call UNMPD at 277-2241.
- If you are a skateboarder
on campus streets, remember that you are faster than the foot traffic. If a
driver is focused on pedestrians crossing, they may not see you.
- The safest way to cross a
street is to dismount and cross on foot.
- Bicyclists follow
driver’s rules of the road. Go through an intersection as if you are a driver.
Otherwise, dismount and cross on foot through a crosswalk.
- The speed limit is 20 mph
on campus streets for a reason.
- On campus there are a lot
of busy areas and people may cross in other areas than crosswalks.
- Don’t be a distracted
driver. That text message is not worth the lives you may be risking by
- Pedestrians have the
right of way in crosswalks. Be patient.
- Traffic Circles, also
known as Roundabouts
- Yield to traffic already
within the roundabout.
- Be aware that at traffic
circles a driver has less visibility, but still has to look out for
pedestrians, bicyclists, and skateboarders.
- Bicyclists are encouraged
to dismount and cross at a crosswalk, unless they are very experienced.
- Pedestrians are
encouraged to cross during gaps in traffic. Even though pedestrians have the
right of way, making a vehicle stop suddenly could be dangerous to both
pedestrians and drivers.
- The speed limit in
parking structures is 5 mph because of the increased risk to pedestrians.
Drivers, keep slow and vigilant to pedestrians crossing between parked
vehicles. Pedestrians, be aware that drivers may not see you. Look at the
driver and make eye contact before crossing in a structure.
Click here to view a video on campus street
safety, by Facility Management.
Click here for more information on Pedestrian Safety on
Click here to see UNM's Policy for non-motorized
and small-motorized vehicles, Policy 2260.