Allow scooters on campus


Our campus has a magnificent art museum and an enormous library — with a section devoted to rare and valuable special collections and a wing for family history work, several engineering labs, a planetarium, a monument to the First Vision and a building devoted to test-taking. From the Maeser building to the MOA, the Wilk to the Hinckley Center, students, alumni and guests can access and enjoy the plentiful programs and resources available at BYU. But with this vastness of privileges comes a price. Campus is huge, and there is no practical way to make it smaller.

The problem with such a large campus is that it is hard to get from one place to another quickly. As a freshman living in Helaman Halls, I often struggle to make it from breakfast in the Cannon Center all the way across campus to the JSB and then back one hour later to the JKB. Going from class to class takes a long time, and 10 minutes is sometimes not quite enough.

As it stands, a no-scooter rule exists on campus. I recommend this ban be lifted. Scooters are cheap and move faster than regular legs. Biking is also banned between classes, because bikes are large and can be difficult to maneuver through tight crowds. Scooters, however, are much more ideal. They are easier to control and do not move as dangerously fast as bikes. They can be easily carried if necessary and be folded up for simple storage during class. It would be much easier for students to cross campus, make it to class on time and thrive in the unmatched BYU intellectual community if they were allowed the use of scooters.

Adam Robertson

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