Crossing Insanity and Why Stairs Matter

Brendan Dyer
Contributing Writer

 

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Courtesy of The News-Times

 

Between the White Street Garage and Westconn’s midtown campus, a stretch of road infamous for hospitalizations or the fatalities of pedestrians acts as a hub for student traffic to and from class. Known as White Street, the road has three crosswalks within shouting distance of one another, all three are equipped with large, yellow flashing lights which strobe the way for safe passage. In the whimsical innocence of study or the onset of Soho pizza-hunger, students cross White Street. Surely, after the activation of their safety beacons, time comes to a stop and they may cross with ease the three-lane stretch of road.

But it isn’t that simple. There were initially no lights installed on this main road and students crossed without traffic having any warning to the human obstruction ahead. When one student ended up dead, the lights were installed. However, since the installation, there have been more incidents on the street. Among drivers fighting for the lead to merge lanes, it makes room for pedestrians much tighter.

One structure in particular shines brighter than the lights in the eye of safety measures everywhere. This structure is captured so well in the atmosphere that it nearly blends right in and is missed completely by those who wish to cross and not meet the grill of a car. For those unaware, this structure is a pedestrian bridge. It hangs in the air above White Street where no car may harm you. Mutually beneficial to both parties, traffic and pedestrians, no exchange of profanity or gestures will be shared between the two, as traffic would not need to stop at all had the road been crossed above rather than across.

Yes, it’s all good and nice that you can press a button and magically cross your safety crosswalk in good comfort knowing cars just have to stop. In this real world of ours, sometimes they don’t stop, sometimes they don’t see they have to stop, or maybe you forgot to light the beacon in which case the would have the right-of-way.

Federal Road fuels the congestion of White Street, as that is a major business district of the area. There will always be traffic on White Street. More so, having that traffic stop at the leisure of pedestrians will clutter the three-lanes, fuming the frustrations of drivers.

Sure, you have to climb a flight of stairs or maybe walk an extra 50-feet to access this structure, but some kind of genius must have been at work when that pedestrian bridge was made. Although little did he or she know that the subjects to their stairs would be averse to a little extra cardio before or after class.



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