Hundreds of members of the Transylvania University community use a North Broadway crosswalk each day to get from one side of campus to the other.
Since this is such a busy street, they need to keep a few things in mind — not only for their own safety but also to be a good neighbor. For instance, crossing in a long, staggered line can sometimes back up traffic for blocks.
Department of Public Safety officers will be directing traffic at the crosswalk this week during major session changes for First Engagements (for incoming students) and then the first three weeks of classes beginning Aug. 29. Their main focus is to help students cross in groups and ensure traffic is stopped in all four lanes.
“Our goal is to be the best community partners and neighbors we possibly can,” DPS director Joe McClure said. “We want to get students, faculty and staff safely across North Broadway while making as little impact on traffic as possible.”
Check out these tips if you use the crosswalk.
- Pedestrians are responsible for being cautious and alert while crossing the street.
- Look across all lanes before crossing. Even though one vehicle has stopped, never assume the next lane will stop or that a driver sees you just because the lane you are crossing has stopped. Often, when one vehicle stops, it blocks the view of the pedestrian for drivers in other lanes.
- Establish eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- The law does not require motorists to stop for a pedestrian approaching or waiting to enter a crosswalk.
- Don’t assume vehicles can or will stop. Gauge the flow of traffic before stepping onto the road, and wait if necessary.
- Never cross the street while texting or talking on your mobile phone. Direct your full attention to oncoming traffic.
- Always be prepared for a motorist who fails to yield the right-of-way. When a motorist does stop, proceed cautiously to determine if other approaching vehicles are following suit.
- Do not cross in a long, staggered line. If traffic is moving, wait and cross with a group to have the least impact on traffic.
- Give a friendly wave, smile and thank you to drivers who stop for you.
- Be respectful to public safety officers who are directing traffic and pedestrians at the crosswalk. They are there for your safety and to help the flow of traffic.
- Always cross within the crosswalk.
- Use good judgment. Having the right-of-way will not prevent injury if you are hit by a vehicle.