Sometime over the last few months, the crosswalk behind the Higher Education Center on Riverside campus was moved from one side of 9th street to the other. Now, students only worry about traffic from one direction instead of two, and Rogue Community College deserves credit for the part they played in accomplishing that.
However, it’s still not enough.
Over the last year, The Byline has frequently reported on the issue of the crosswalk. Students have frequently complained about how dangerous it is, particularly at night. One student has even been injured.
We understand that Medford officials have made safety improvements difficult, and even though the situation has improved, we at the Byline still believe more needs to happen, and that we cannot stop working towards that. We need to fix this problem before somebody is killed, as happened at Southern Oregon University.
We must follow SOU’s example without paying the price they had to pay. We need to have lights installed and signs warning drivers that a crosswalk is coming.
Students, the administration shouldn’t be doing this alone. You can take up the fight as well. Write city officials, show your concern. Let them know how dangerous the crosswalk is; remind them of what’s happened in the recent past; and tell them that you want a safer city.