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Policy 3401

Bicycle, Skateboard, In-line Skates, and Scooter Policy

I. Purpose

This policy is to ensure the safe operation of bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and scooters (not to include motorized scooters used by persons with disabilities) on the Longwood campus. This policy is also intended to protect Longwood property by prohibiting activity inherently destructive.

II. Definitions 

  1. Transportation Use: For the purposes of this policy, transportation use is defined as a means of conveyance while traveling from point to point on the campus.
  2. Recreational Use: For the purposes of this policy, recreational use is defined as use of described devices for entertainment. Entertainment uses might include practicing tricks or stunts.

III. Policy

The safe and reasonable use of bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, scooters, and similar devices is permitted on university sidewalks and in parking lots, unless otherwise posted, for transportation purposes. Anyone using these devices on Longwood property shall give right of way to any pedestrian and those with disabilities and shall travel at a reasonable, safe, and prudent speed. Operators of such devices assume the inherent risks associated with such devices.

IV. Procedures

  1. Limitations:
    1. The use of bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and scooters shall not be permitted inside any building.
    2. Under no circumstances will bicycling, skateboarding, in-line skating, or scooter use be allowed on ramps, curbs, benches, steps, stairs, or other such structures (no trick riding)
    3. Skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates and scooters are not permitted on the Brock Commons pavilion area, which is described as the area between the Madison Street intersection and the Redford Street intersection.
    4. Bicycle parking is limited to bike racks and other designated areas. Parking a bicycle in any other area (i.e. building lobbies, stairwells, porches, trees, bushes, fences, access ramps, etc.) is prohibited. Bicycles locked to an access ramp are subject to confiscation by Longwood University Police Department.
    5. Wearing headphones while operating bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and scooters is prohibited.
    6. Skates, skateboards, toys, or other devices on wheels or runners are prohibited on the roadway (Code of Virginia, Section 46.2-932).
    7. Town of Farmville Code restricts use of bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and scooters within business districts. Operators of these devices should familiarize themselves with Town of Farmville Code Section 23-4. Playing on streets and sidewalks before using bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and scooters outside the confines of the campus.
  2. Sanctions:
    1. Any one causing property damage through unauthorized use of bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, scooters, or similar devices may be required to render restitution to the University.
    2. Employees of the university may be subject to disciplinary actions.
    3. Students may be subject to student judicial proceedings.
    4. Persons not affiliated with Longwood may be subject to a ban from the campus by the Longwood University Police Department.

Approved by the Board of Visitors, September 7, 2002.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors, June 17, 2004.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors, June 15, 2012.