Section IV: Traffic Regulations

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  1. General: Unless specifically authorized, no vehicle may access the campus without displaying a current authorized permit 24/7. All must abide by these regulations which are supplementary to the ordinances of the City of Fort Worth and the statutes of the State of Texas that govern pedestrians, bicycles, and motor vehicles.
  2. Police Regulations: Vehicle operation and parking may be prohibited under emergency and/or other law enforcement operational necessities. It shall be prohibited for any person to violate police instructions related to this section. In such circumstances, a citation will be issued for violators.
  3. University Police Officers and Public Service Officers: All instructions by a University police officer or Public Service Officer (PSO) must be heeded at all times.
  4. Temporary Restrictions: The Chief of Police is authorized to temporarily prohibit parking, stopping, or standing on driveways, streets, alleys, and parking lots and may cause traffic to be restricted or rerouted as necessitated by construction, emergency situations, or special events on campus, and by agreement with the City of Fort Worth, on public streets. Notice of such restrictions shall be given by the posting of temporary signs or barriers by a representative of the Police Department. It shall be prohibited to violate such regulations.
  5. Vehicle Traffic: Ten miles per hour in parking facilities is the maximum speed limit, at all times, unless otherwise posted. All vehicles, including bicycles, are required to stop completely at stop signs and to proceed with caution. Once a vehicle has legally entered an intersection, pedestrians shall yield right-of-way until the vehicle clears the intersection. A flashing yellow light requires all vehicles to slow and proceed with caution. A flashing red light requires all vehicles to stop completely before proceeding with caution.
  6. Vehicle Obstructing Traffic: It is prohibited for any person to park or bring to a halt on the campus any vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with normal vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  7. Vehicles in Buildings: With the exception of wheelchairs and bicycles, no personally owned wheeled vehicle such as a passenger automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, or moped shall be placed, used, parked, or otherwise left within any university building, except parking facilities, at any time.
  8. Vehicles Driving on Sidewalks, Grass, or Shrubbery: It is prohibited for any person to drive a vehicle (including bicycles, mopeds, motor scooters, etc.) on a sidewalk, walkway, patio, plaza, grass, shrubbery, or any unmarked or unimproved ground area unless such areas are signed as a shared pathway and marked for driving, except as authorized by the Chief of Police.
  9. Vehicle Emissions: The UNT Health Science Center is prohibited from issuing parking permits to faculty, staff, and students driving motor vehicles registered out of state unless the vehicle has satisfied the state requirements for vehicle emission inspections. Failure to register the vehicle in Texas and failure to display a current and appropriate Texas Inspection Certificate may result in a citation being issued to the vehicle operator.
  10. Motorcycles/Mopeds/Motor Scooters: Motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds shall NOT be ridden or operated on pedestrian walkways or sidewalks. On University streets, operators shall comply with ALL traffic control devices (e.g., one-way signs, stop signs, etc.).
  11. Bicycles, Low-Powered Electrical Bicycles, Scooters (non-motorized), and EPAMDs: Employees, students, and visitors of the University are not required to display a UNT Health Science Center permit on their bicycle, scooter, or low-powered electrical bicycle.
    1. Bicycle, EPAMDS, and scooter riding is prohibited in all university parking garages, except to access authorized bicycle parking areas.
    2. On all university streets and property, operators of bicycles, scooters and EPAMDs shall comply with all stop signs, yield signs, and other official traffic control devices.
    3. Bicycles, scooters, and EPAMDs must be operated in accordance with and conform to local, state, and federal regulations.
    4. It is prohibited to operate a bicycle, scooter or EPAMD on the campus in a manner that jeopardizes pedestrian safety, and/or University or private property.
    5. All scooters (non-motorized) may only park at bike racks and are subject to the same parking regulations as bicycles.
    6. Riding bicycles, scooters or electrical assisted bicycles upon or along sidewalks shall not be permitted except: Where the sidewalk is part of a designated bicycle path; or When the operator or rider is preparing to dismount and park the bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle at a location on the block on which the bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle is being operated, or the operator has just mounted and has not yet crossed a street or alley.
  12. Skateboards, Roller-Skates (inline and others), and Scooters:
    Skateboards, skates and scooters shall be allowed to operate on in campus in areas where a bicycle is permitted. Skateboards and skates must yield to pedestrians at all times. Skateboards, skates, and scooters shall comply with all stop signs, yield signs, and other official traffic control devices and not exceed posted speed limits when traveling on campus. Skateboard, skates and scooter users must exercise caution to prevent injury to oneself and others.

    1. Skateboards, skates and scooters shall be used as a form of transportation only. The use of skateboards, skates or scooters is prohibited within any building on the UNT Health Science Center campus or on any surface features including:
      1. Sidewalks
      2. Garages
      3. Staircases and steps
      4. Handrails
      5. Flower planters
      6. Ramps
      7. Or any other architectural improvement
    2. It is prohibited for any skateboard, roller-skate, scooter or user to engage in trick riding on campus. Trick riding is defined as any type of movement where the wheels of the skateboard, in-line or roller skates, or scooter are deliberately removed from contact with the surface in a repetitive procedure.
  13. Passenger Pick-Up and Drop-Off: It is prohibited for any person to stop a motor vehicle on any street, alley, or driveway on the campus for the purpose of picking up or dropping off a pedestrian without first pulling over to the right-hand curb.
  14. Pedestrians: Pedestrians are subject to all official traffic control devices. They have the right-of-way at marked crosswalks, in intersections, and on sidewalks extending across a service drive, building entrance, or driveway. Pedestrians may cross an intersection diagonally only where permitted by special pavement marking. Pedestrians crossing a street at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the street.
  15. Pedestrian Obstructing Traffic: It is prohibited for a pedestrian to stand on the traveled portion of any street, alley, or driveway on the campus in such a manner as to obstruct or prevent the free flow of traffic thereon; and in crossing streets, alleys, or driveways, pedestrians shall maintain appropriate motion when in the traveled portion thereof.