Quick Quack
Friday, November 08, 2019
With last week’s time change, we are entering the darker winter months. Traveling to campus can be more challenging because it’s often dark in the mornings and evenings.
Here are some top tips for staying safe: 
  • Bicycles or their riders must be equipped with lighting equipment during hours of darkness and in limited visibility conditions under state law.
  • Required lighting includes a white front light with a minimum visibility of 500 feet, AND
  • A red rear light or reflector with a minimum visibility of 600 feet.
  • The UO provides an online map to help students navigate by the best-lit route around campus. 
  • Students can flag potential concerns or issues on the Safety at Night online map by dropping pins in specific areas.
  • Always be alert when walking at night and try to stay in well-lit areas.
  • The UO Campus Shuttle runs from 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. daily during fall and winter term (free, departs every 20 mins).
  • The shuttle route map can be found online.
  • UO Safe Ride (free, reservation-based): 541-346-RIDE, ext. 2.
  • Designated Driver Shuttle (free; first come, first served): 541-346-RIDE, ext. 1.
  • UOPD is available to provide free on-campus escorts if you are unable to find another shuttle or ride contact UO Police Department at 541-346-2919. 
  • The UO operates its own emergency notification system for incidents on campus using text messages, emails, a public alerts blog, digital displays and social media messaging.
  • Students automatically receive UO Alerts to their university email account and can sign up to receive alerts via text message on their personal mobile devices.
  • Register or update your phone numbers for UO Alerts via DuckWeb.
  • The UO is aware of emails sent out recently asking some students to sign up for an emergency notification app called Wildfire. This app is not affiliated with the UO. 
  • UOPD aims to make near-campus neighborhoods safer and more secure during vacations and extended absences with its Vacation Watch Program.
  • Students who live near campus can register their residences before leaving the area for the holidays.
  • UOPD will check registered vacant residences as often as possible, providing a deterrent for crime and quick notification to residents of any suspicious activity. 
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