April 26, 2012 at 11:50 am in WDAZ
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) – University Avenue could become a pedestrian-only zone through the University of North Dakota campus. Continue Reading
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Being a student at UND I think this is not a great idea. The only time there have been “issues” with pedestrians being hit are from the pedestrians attempting to cross the street without looking, or by not giving a car enough time to stop.
You’re not going to attempt crossing Columbia and expect cars to immediately stop while driving, so that same concept needs to be applied to University Ave. If you look both ways before crossing the street (hard concept to grasp, I know from seeing lots of other students not doing this) and don’t step out in front of a car 10 feet away from you, you won’t get hit.
Use some common sense. If there is a concern about traffic speeding, have the UPD be better about tickets or using the speed clock. That will help more than closing University Ave, which would cause major traffic problems for the rest of the town.
Last thing, how would University Ave. be a feasible pedestrian mall if the buses still drive down it? Vendors can’t set up in the path of a bus, lets get smart here UND.
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