Motor Vehicle Travel on Campus

Last Revised: October 1, 2001

We recognize that our changing campus and parking congestion combine to make access to our facilities and campus worksites a challenge for all service units. Our individual and collective activities on the campus must work together to help form a positive image of UNL. We want our campus spaces and walkways to be safe and inviting for all pedestrians, especially for those persons with limited physical capabilities. An increasing number of incidents of motor vehicles crossing the paths of pedestrians points to the need to clearly identify guidelines for safe operation of service vehicles within the campus. The guidelines provided here govern operation of all departmental use and contractor or vendor-operated motor vehicles within the scope of all UNL operations.

Cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles operated on campus will travel only on campus or city streets, obey all traffic laws and regulations, and park in approved spaces for service or vendor vehicles under normal service and operating conditions.

If emergency conditions or other necessity require that a motor vehicle be operated on campus sidewalks or other pedestrian paths to reach a worksite, the safety of the UNL campus community must be the first consideration. When a vehicle must travel to a worksite by a route other than a city or campus street, it must be operated with great caution, at a speed of no more than 5 miles per hour, and emergency flashers must be in operation. Whenever possible, vehicle travel in non-street areas should be avoided during class change periods when pedestrian traffic is heaviest. When necessity or emergency require that a vehicle be driven on sidewalks or other non-street areas, a direct route which reduces the likelihood of pedestrian conflict should be taken to and from the worksite. All University-owned, motorized vehicles will be prominently marked with a unique numeric identifier. Vehicles that travel primarily on campus will display a phone number to facilitate communication and questions about safe operation. Violations of these guidelines will be addressed by normal administrative procedures.

These guidelines apply to all areas of the City and East campuses. The red zone on the following attachment represents particularly sensitive, high-density pedestrian routes that are excluded to any motor vehicle traffic, except police, fire, medical or other emergency vehicles, unless circumstances make alternative routes impossible. The green zones indicate acceptable routes for motor vehicle traffic.