The LSU Student Government Transportation Department had its second annual Pedestrian Safety Day Tuesday, March 17. The event is dedicated to informing and educating students around campus about pedestrian, crosswalk, driving and bike safety.
Eleven on-campus and community partners were in attendance to talk to students about various forms of transportation and safety as pedestrians on campus.
The department also talked about their work with the capital region safety coalition, LSU PD, LSU Transportation and DOTD to add new pedestrian signage to lights on Highland as well as turn Astor and Alaska into a four-way stop.
The Student Government Transportation Department had a map available for students to mark where they feel crosswalks need to be improved. The department plans to take the information from the map and design their crosswalk improvement initiative around that data.
LSU Student Government Director Emily Otken says they are using the map of campus “to gather responses from students to see which intersections they feel are unsafe crossing wise whether it’s because of drivers, speed limits, pedestrian crossing, incorrect signage, anything along those lines.”
According to the map, a lot of the pins students placed were along Highland, Central Campus and Nicholson.
The department’s goal is to start their crosswalk improvement objective and use the hotspots on the map as their first wave of locations.
It wants to place giant paw prints right before the entrance of every crosswalk, so that when students are on their phones, they have something brightly colored that forces them to look up when they enter a crosswalk.
Otken hopes these brightly colored paw prints at the crosswalks will help distracted pedestrians to remember to look both ways and check their surroundings, ultimately keeping the pedestrians of LSU safe.