by Ivy Milne
Being an institution that is 75 percent commuter students, Central Connecticut parking garages tend to see a lot of traffic. Add in foot traffic and that combination does not always make for a safe situation.
This can be seen especially true for students living in the Mid-Campus Residence Hall, where a common route to access the rest of campus is through the Student Center garage, seeing as it cuts off a good amount of time in the commute to classes.
Some students believe vehicles coming in and out of the garage often forget about the constant flow of people walking through, saying they find themselves nearly “dodging” cars. Although parking garages are obviously intended for vehicles, students say some drivers forget about the slow speed limit in a parking garage as they cruise around the sharp corners and down the narrow aisles, creating an unsafe environment for the pedestrians, according to CCSU student Lexi Fredricks.
Fredricks, a student who lives in Mid-Campus and constantly walks through the Student Center Garage, recently had an encounter with a vehicle that she said was “too close of a call.”
“I was walking across the crosswalk in the Student Center parking garage to get to my 4:30 p.m. class and I thought a car was going to stop at the speed bump, but they kept going and I almost got hit,” Fredricks said.
When asked if this was the first time something like this had occurred to her in the garage, Fredricks said “not at all,” claiming it has actually happened “quite a few times.” Still, Fredricks is not the only pedestrian on campus who has had to “jump out of the way” to avoid a car.
Other students, such as Jarred Creech, believe that a simple pedestrian walkway is not going to fix the problem.
“[I have] definitely noticed the [pedestrian] walkway,” Creech said. “However, the issue is, there are other areas in the garage people walk through in which the walkway doesn’t cover, and those are the areas we should probably be worried about.”
In order to combat these dangerous situations, student Keelin Kendall, who said he has also faced similar incidents in the parking garages, advocated for “[more] stop signs for vehicles on the inside of the garage,” rather than just placing stop signs outside for entrances and exits.
Although simple, with the higher rate of foot-traffic often inside the garage than outside of it, Kendall said placing stop signs inside the parking garages on campus could be something worth considering, as so many students have admitted to having come close to an accident in these garages.