Volume 95, Issue 88

Wednesday, March 20, 2002
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Fanshawe builds giant crib to protect students

By Emmett Macfarlane
Gazette Staff

A temporary chain-link fence has been erected by Fanshawe College officials in an attempt to prevent students from jaywalking across Oxford Street.

Emily Marcoccia, manager of marketing and communications at Fanshawe, said two January incidents – in which three students were struck by cars – prompted the move.

"It was not a general consensus that the fence [was a good idea]," she said. "Two [incidents] too close together changed that."

Marcoccia said Fanshawe consulted Western, the City of London, the London Transit Commission and the fire and police departments about the fence.

A fence erected along Western Road a few years ago by Western officials changed the volume of jaywalkers significantly, according to Marcoccia.

Western's VP-administration Peter Mercer said the Western Road fence was put up in direct response to jaywalking. "The Fanshawe-type problem has been reasonably contained," Mercer said. "We've been successful at avoiding [accidents]."

Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department said because of the existing tunnels and fencing she could not recall any recent safety concerns on Western Road.

"We want our campus to be pedestrian-friendly," she said. "If your sight lines are not clear, it's probably not [a good place] to cross," she added. "Drivers need to slow down. You also need to drive given the conditions."

Marcoccia said she was not sure whether Fanshawe would install a permanent fence. "Aesthetically, a chain link fence is not something we [want to keep up]," she said.

Sera Vavala, University Students' Council VP-campus issues, said she has received only a couple of complaints about street crossings. "I know [cars going too fast was] something that UPD was going to look into," she said.

McGowan confirmed that officers had been monitoring vehicle speeds on campus.

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