Walk-only zones were announced last spring at ASU and have finally been put into effect. The new zone’s rules require students to dismount and carry any wheeled vehicle while within the boundaries of these zones.
ASU has only designated one zone, located in the area surrounding the Memorial Union and Cady Mall. The zone is marked with signs advising pedestrians to walk their wheeled device.
At this point in the walk-only zone project, ambassadors can’t do anything more than encourage students to walk. Student Ambassador Jason De Nise puts says, “we’re just in an introductory phase… it’s just ask nice and hope people help us in bringing this together.”
ASU interviewed over 70 people for the Student Ambassador positions and according to De Nise they have hired around 20 employees, successfully creating several work-study jobs for students at ASU.
Officials planning the walk only zones are prepared to move beyond the introductory phase of encouragement to verbal warnings and mandatory bicycle safety classes, according to ASU’s Managing Director of Business and Finance Rudy Bellavia.
There are also talks of creating other walk-only zones on other parts of Tempe campus once the concept behind the first one has taken hold.