When snow is covering the ground, drivers coming to campus might
have to leave earlier because parking lots may be more congested
Covered with snow, the parking lots on campus can be compared to
dirt lots that have no painted lines for spaces. This means an
estimated 75 percent of the maximum capacity is available, said
Michael Rose, General Professional VI at University Parking
Full capacity is not available because lines are not visible and
people do not park as closely together, Rose said.
Ryan Cook, a sophomore speech communication major, has shown up
to class 20 minutes late because he had difficulty finding a place
“People don’t know where to park,” Cook said. “You cannot see
A vehicle not entirely within the boundaries of a parking space
is in parking violation, according to the University Parking
Services’ Web site. Rose said tickets are not issued for such
violations when snow is on the ground, yet safety violations are
The rate of accidents reported increases by three to four times
the usual rate when there is snow on the ground, according to the
CSU Police Department.
The lack of space for movement could be one of the factors
leading to an increase in accident rates.
“A lot of times people don’t pull up as far as they should,”
said Breann Piechowski, a sophomore human development and family
studies major. “This makes it hard to reverse.”
Piechowski said ice on the ground just adds to the difficulties
of parking and exiting the parking lots in the snow.
Staff/faculty parking lots are not exempt from crowded parking
“It is exactly the same for us,” said political science
Professor Charles Davis.
There is a definite increase in the number of passengers on the
bus when it is snowing, according to Brooklyn Motz, a sophomore
Motz began riding the bus this semester instead of riding her
bike due to the snow.
Rose said if it is at all possible for students to ride the bus
when it is snowing, it would help alleviate some of the congestion
in the parking lots that cannot accommodate full capacity. It is a
free service for full-time students.