I have a very aggravating concern for safety here on campus. I am one of the hundreds of students who use the crosswalk between campus and Rams Book Store that crosses Laurel Street. Due to the high-velocity of traffic, rude drivers and lack of a crossing signal, I can count on almost being struck by a car on a daily basis.
During peak traffic times, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. it is impossible to cross at the marked crosswalk. Without the crossing signal, pedestrians are forced to jump into the street and hope that the drivers of the vehicles know the law. I have seen drivers speed up; I have seen drivers fail to stop, while you are inches from their car. Not only is the lack of respect for pedestrians an issue, but the large number of students are forced to get more aggressive, just to cross the street.
I have the right to safety cross the street, I have rights as a pedestrian not to risk my life for lunch at the Pickle Barrel. We all have the right that drivers might respect the white lines painted on the payment.
I have written this in hopes that other students will demand that CSU and the City of Fort Collins to take action.