Traffic reforms take effect

November 18th, 2010

This year, the University installed lift gates and posts at various locations around campus and revised the daily hours that each end of the campus is open.

 Although the revised hours were designed to help control the flow of traffic, they have caused an inconvenience. Potential students who visit campus when the Belvoir gate is closed run the risk of getting lost when taking detours to get to the Fairmount Circle entrance to campus. Rather than close the Belvoir gate, CSS should establish an active communication link between the guard offices on both ends of campus. This would still permit CSS to keep track of the vehicles entering and exiting without inconveniencing students or visitors. Additionally, University Heights should revise traffic laws and allow daytime right turns onto Carroll Boulevard. This traffic law has resulted in many students accidentally turning right and being fined over $200 for their mistake.

 Outside of these inconveniences, a number of good results have already been noticed with the changes. Replacing the chains that used to exist around the perimeter of campus with posts has allowed for greater pedestrian and bike traffic. This not only encourages a higher green standard for students who ride their bikes, but also opens the campus up to the surrounding neighborhoods. When the University used chains, John Carroll was a very closed campus. With posts instead, community members can get onto the campus more easily. This should help to improve relations between University Heights and JCU.

 These additions have also helped CSS monitor vehicles more closely during heavily trafficked events, such as football games and college fairs. On these big event days, JCU should keep only the Belvoir gate open so that CSS knows exactly what the parking situation is at any given moment.

 The new lift gates in the Belvoir lot also add a degree of professionalism to JCU, since they have replaced the caution tape and orange barrels that were previously used. To compliment the gates, the University should continue updating the parking lot with new signs and more attractive pillars at the end of each parking row. Also, marking the lot by section (for example Row A1, Row B2, etc), would help people locate their vehicles and cut down on pedestrian traffic for students and faculty trying to find their vehicles and remember where they parked.