Stay alert at Downtown Campus crosswalks
By James M. Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist
(Dec. 5, 2008)--Pedestrian safety remains a key issue at the UTSA Downtown Campus. With academic buildings on both sides of Frio Street, transitioning between the two parts of campus requires crossing Frio Street at a mid-block crosswalk. High vehicle traffic along Frio Street makes this a potentially hazardous prospect.
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To enhance safety at the mid-block crosswalk, UTSA officials are working with City of San Antonio traffic engineers to implement various improvements.
Meanwhile, the Downtown Campus community is reminded to use the following pedestrian safety recommendations at all crosswalks:
- Be alert for vehicles that may not stop for you.
- Make eye contact with drivers if possible to be sure they see you.
- Never presume drivers will yield to pedestrians when crossing at an intersection or a mid-block crosswalk.
- Do not take phone calls or text messages as you prepare to cross the street. Focus your attention on the street.
- Put away newspapers or books. Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Turn off personal audio devices. Listen for approaching traffic and emergency vehicles.
- Never cross a street where there is no crosswalk. A pedestrian jeopardizes his or her safety when crossing outside of a crosswalk zone.
- Yield to drivers at intersections where the pedestrian does not have a "walk" signal and where vehicles have a green signal.
- Take care not to suddenly move into the path of an approaching vehicle that does not have sufficient time to yield.
- Walk on sidewalks where they are provided and accessible.