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MIT police put halt to ‘wheeled devices’ in school’s hallways

If there's anyone in the Boston area innovative enough to find a speedier way to get from Point A to Point B, it's the students of MIT.

But not every idea is a great one, according to university officers.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police sent a notice to students this week asking them to put the brakes on various types of "wheeled devices" when navigating the expansive hallways to get to class, citing a recent surge in such activity.

"This fall we have seen an unprecedented increase in the amount of people using wheeled devices inside buildings, in particular in the basement of academic buildings," police said in the notice, posted to the department's bulletin board.


The use of bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, Segways, or any other mechanism capable of rolling a student through the corridors — with the exception of medical devices — is prohibited, police reminded students and faculty.

Violators face a $25 fine.

"It is the responsibility of all individuals operating bicycles and nonpedestrian devices on campus to make themselves familiar with MIT regulations. A lack of knowledge will not be accepted as grounds for dismissal of citations or enforcement actions," the notice said.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.