Students protest a treacherous intersection on Med Campus
Students at the School of Public Health are taking to the streets today between 2 and 3 p.m. to demand that Boston officials install a four-way crossing signal on the Medical Campus at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street.
Since September, at least seven nonfatal incidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles have been reported at the busy crosswalk, according to Jaime Lederer (SSW’08, SPH’10), Siphannay Nhean (SSW’09, SPH’09), project administrator at the Health and Disability Research Institute, Melanie Pennison (SSW’09, SPH’09), and Maegan Berliner (SSW’09, SPH’09), who are organizing the protest.
“It is clear to me that it is only a matter of time before one of our BU staff, faculty, or students suffers a serious injury crossing this intersection unless some major changes are made to improve the intersection’s safety,” says Michael Siegel, a School of Public Health professor of social and behavioral sciences.
“I can only add that I am nervous every time I have to cross that intersection,” adds Anita Raj, an SPH associate professor of social and behavioral sciences, who was hit by a car in the crosswalk. “It still feels very dangerous to me, and I still hear too many near-miss stories from pedestrians.”
Pedestrian traffic in the intersection is not limited to BU students, faculty, and staff. Visitors and employees of Boston Medical Center, along with employees of other private companies located in the area, cross it as well.
The city has been promising since last September to address pedestrian safety and make changes to the lighting pattern, which currently allows pedestrians to cross while traffic is oncoming. Students are calling for the city to follow through, repaint sidewalks, and add a mandatory four-way vehicular stop.
“I fear for my life when I cross the Mass Ave.–Albany intersection,” says Berliner. “Boston University needs to make the safety of its students a greater priority. What has been done so far is not good enough7 Comments