Stop the AECOM Fence
Without student input the DOT and campus architects have decided to put a barrier through the heart of our nascent campus with a 4-foot iron fence. This will force students and employees to cross at the dangerous intersection of Morris Park Avenue and Eastchester Road. Instead of allowing students to cross at the safest location, where the cars and the pedestrians can see one another and react accordingly, we will be funneled to cross at the dangerous edge of the street, in the blind spot of all the vehicles. While the new light between Forchheimer and Price might be helpful to pedestrians, many of the residents who commute daily across Morris Park Avenue will choose to cross down by Eastchester, as it\'s closer to the Belfer building. Many faculty who work in Belfer will also take this dangerous route to their parking lot. They\'ve constructed a small and inadequate pedestrian refuge without bollards along this route that\'s completely vulnerable. As students who cross this street every day and have experience with dangerous turning cars, we are concerned that we\'re being funneled to a dangerous area where neither the pedestrians nor the cars will have the time to react. Either the fence must not be installed in order to make the crossing safer, or the pedestrian refuge at the edge of Morris Park Ave and Eastchester Road must be enlarged and protected with bollards and planters in order to protect the vulnerable pedestrians from turning cars and buses. Funneling pedestrians to a dangerous intersection is not sound policy for street use.