When classes are in session, students make thousands of trips on foot from the East Campus neighborhood across College Avenue to the campus. Traversing the four-lane thoroughfare was sometimes a dangerous task. But starting in fall 2015, a new barrier on College Avenue spanning Rosemary, Wilson and Bouchelle streets makes crossing much safer by funneling pedestrians through two new crosswalks with lights that stop traffic. The roughly 5-foot 6-inch barrier of concrete topped by metal fencing boasts MU logos and simulated stone facing. At multiple points on College Avenue, the city has installed additional H.A.W.K (High-intensity Activated crossWalk) pedestrian crossings, which have been shown to decrease pedestrian accidents.
We’ve all seen or committed one of the following offenses on Mizzou’s campus:
- The pedestrian in a hurry darting in front of a moving vehicle.
- The distracted texter obliviously meandering into the street.
- The Frogger-inspired daredevil sprinting across four lanes on a busy road.
- The road-hogging driver refusing to stop for pedestrians.
- The clueless motorist blocking the crosswalk.
Don’t be one of these people, Tigers. Poor street-crossing etiquette isn’t just annoying; it’s dangerous. Every year people walking around Mizzou get hurt in avoidable encounters with cars, buses, bicycles and other vehicles.
Pedestrian Accidents Reported to the MUPD
- 2014: 11
- 2013: 10
- 2012: 10
- 2011: 10
- 2010: 13
— MU Police
- Cross at crosswalks.
- Look both ways before you cross.
- Watch for both bicyclists and motorists.
- Don’t text while crossing.
- Don’t stop to talk in a crosswalk.
— MU Office of Sustainability