YouSpeak: Crossing Comm Ave
How do you avoid bikes, cars, buses, and trains?
Despite more than 40 signaled crosswalks between Kenmore Square and Packard’s Corner, getting from one side of Comm Ave to the other can be a perilous undertaking. Not only do pedestrians often not wait for a walk signal, they listen to iPods or read and write text messages while crossing the street. Drivers push the limits of traffic lights, and bicyclists do whatever they please. The BU Police Department reports that since January 1 this year, 23 pedestrians have been hit by cars and there were 31 accidents with no injuries and 74 accidents with injuries. Negligence, shortcuts, and impatience too often turn a necessity of life into a dangerous game.
This week, as the BUPD hosts the first-ever Public Safety Week, “YouSpeak” asks: “How do you get across Comm Ave?”
Throughout the week, BU police officers will be on hand at the GSU from noon to 2 p.m. offering bike and laptop registrations. On Tuesday and Wednesday they present Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) demonstrations every half hour from noon to 2. They will also answer any questions students have regarding the department’s services and public safety. The event is designed to raise public safety awareness on campus and promote BUPD’s Text Tipline. Students who enter the BUPD Text Tipline and emergency numbers into their phones will have a chance to win various prizes, including a mountain bike and bike lights.
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