September 15th, 2021
Pres. Raj Echambadi and Provost Peter Kilpatrick
Office of the President
10 West 35th Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60616
Re: Concerns about Vehicular Traffic on Campus
Dear President Echambadi and Provost Kilpatrick,
A student was struck and hospitalized by a vehicle while crossing the road on campus on September 9th, 2021. We are fortunate that their injuries were not life-threatening, but clearly, this event could easily have had a different, far more tragic consequence.
Many members of our community who regularly have to cross State Street have a story of near-misses and inobservant drivers unaware of pedestrians. We need to do better to protect our students, given the urban nature of our campus.
We ask that you do something to improve the safety of the crossings across both State Street and across 31st Street. Possible solutions include:
● Working with Alderman Dowell to increase the city resources spent on safe crossings on campus
● Install speed limit signs along State Street
● Install smart speed limit signs along State Street to provide a visual and/or auditory cue to speeding drivers
● Install additional crossings across State Street and 31st Street, including extending Footlik Lane across 31st Street
● Perform a traffic study along State Street between 31st and 35th Street to determine the magnitude of the problem, focusing especially on the periods between noon and 2:30 PM and 5:30 and 7:00 PM (when students are most likely to be crossing State Street)
● Install additional auditory cues for existing major crossings, like at 31st and State
● Install additional visual signals for when students are attempting to cross at existing crossings
We believe that students can be a part of the solution here. We believe that if the administration and city can help us to identify the nature and magnitude of the issue, our students can help solve the issue. This issue could easily be the subject of an IPRO, or else the theme for a collaborative campus-wide design competition. This is the sort of practical, technical, community problem our university was founded to address. We should not settle for the status quo.
The Student Government Association of Illinois Tech