Students ignore new signs
Public Safety put up signs about two weeks ago advising pedestrians to use the sidewalk on both ends of the Argyros Forum Parking Lot to protect both pedestrians and motorists from accidents.
However, students continue to walk through the lot, ignoring the signs.
The Facilities, Public Safety and Strategic Marketing and Communications offices were unable to provide a specific installation date as of press time.
“Signs are reminders to help people be safer. We are not going to penalize people but would hope that they understand the reasoning and concern that we have for their wellbeing,” Randy Burba, chief of Public Safety, wrote in an email.
Burba wrote that there have been many complaints about pedestrians in the parking lot.
Ryan Wilkerson, a senior integrated educational studies major, said he parks in the Argyros lot on weekends and evenings, which can get frustrating.
“It would be great if people used the sidewalks. Cutting through is inconsiderate and creates a traffic jam,” Wilkerson said.
Shelby Blueher, a freshman undeclared major, continues to walk through the parking lot despite the new signs.
“I can see how annoying it would be for cars but I am not going to take the time out of my day to walk the way around the parking lot,” Blueher said.
No one has been harmed walking through the parking lot, but the mixture of vehicles and pedestrians has caused many safety concerns, Burba wrote.
“Because the lot was converted to a visitor lot, there is more frequent vehicle turnover so it made sense to add the signs to protect pedestrians and motorists from an accident,” Burba wrote.