Spotlight on Pedestrian Safety After Death of Georgia Military College Student
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. – As reported online in a news story from 13wmaz.com, a spotlight is on pedestrian and bicyclist safety on the Georgia College campus after the February 4 death of a student. Some students believe the crosswalks on the campus could use more safety measures.*
At approximately 10:15 a.m., 21-year-old Mr. Jones was riding his bicycle across the intersection of Hancock Street and Clark Street near the Georgia College campus in Milledgeville, Georgia. Jones, a student at Georgia Military College, collided with a Georgia College Bus. He was transported to a local hospital and died of his injuries.
The tragedy has made some students attending Georgia College question whether the intersections are set up properly for pedestrian and bicycle safety. Particularly during peak hours in the morning and afternoon, students and drivers are simultaneously trying to get through numerous busy intersections around the campus.
“Students are only concerned about getting home or getting to class on time,” said Georgia College student Logan Bouchillon. “So it can definitely get chaotic at times. There are times where [drivers] do not stop at all, so ultimately, I will wait 100 percent to make sure no cars are coming at all.”
On the Georgia College campus, police are posted at intersections on Hancock Street and Liberty Street and Montgomery Street and Liberty Street. These tend to be the busiest intersections, but others that can sometimes be nearly as busy do not have police acting as crossing guards.
“The ones on the outside of the campus are just not well marked,” Bouchillon said. “So there’s not much regard for them.”
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