Friday Aug 24, 2012
The safety of Indiana University Northwest’s campus community is of the utmost importance. Pedestrians and motorists are advised to be alert near campus, particularly along Broadway (State Road 53).
For years the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and IU Northwest have worked to improve safety for students crossing Broadway, between 33rd and 35th Avenues, through the use of lane markings, pedestrian signage, fencing, and warning lights.
With IU Northwest’s support for safety measures, INDOT has taken the next step towards a safer crossing with the installation of a traffic signal, which is now fully operational.
It remains crucial that students, faculty, staff and visitors continue to exercise due care when crossing Broadway or any other campus road.
Pedestrians should keep these helpful tips in mind when crossing Broadway:
- Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections.
- Stop and look every time before crossing the street.
- Use pedestrian push buttons and obey “walk” and “don’t walk” signals.
- Make eye contact with drivers to confirm they see you. Never assume they do, even with eye contact.
Drivers are also an important factor in improving safety for pedestrians and other motorists. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) advises motorists to obey the posted speed limit on Broadway of 30 MPH and to look for pedestrians crossing Broadway between 33rd and 35th Avenues.
Drivers need to:
- Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
- Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning at an intersection with a traffic light.
- Look for stopped vehicles; they could be stopping for pedestrians. Indiana law requires all vehicles to stop if approaching a vehicle from the rear that has stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian.
The university will continue to work with INDOT to improve pedestrian safety.