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Updated on Saturday, January 17

#20377

OMG: To the cars on Ring Road: Please do not stop for students crossing. There's no stop signs or pedestrian lines. You're only potentially hindering the other cars behind you or coming from the opposite direction. Besides, it's much faster for you to drive by than for a string of students to walk by. Sincerely, student who regularly crosses Ring Road.

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  1. Always feel the same. Especially when there are buses around.

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  2. I feel the same way, but students do not stop. I have had many experiences driving through ring road as well as walking. A lot of the time students will not even bother to look for cars and even when they do they will continue walking as if there wasn't a car in sight.
    Especially the 4 way stop in front of the school. Often times there's a pile up of cars with a continuous line of students crossing that won't even look up to see what's going on around them.

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    1. It's a 3 way stop, and students are allowed to walk on the crosswalk there... Pretty sure they have the right of way, although definitely not just randomly crossing ring road.

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    2. To 2.a, I'm going to guess that you've never attempted to drive through that 3 way stop. Yes pedestrians have the right of away but when a car is 3/4 through making a left turn and 10 students decide to cross in front of your car without making eye contact with the driver, you could agree that it's a bit ridiculous.

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  3. I don't understand people who slow down and stop to let me cross when I pause at the curb. You fucking idiots, it's slightly faster for me if you don't stop so I don't have to figure out what you're doing and no matter what they just cost themselves all the time sitting there.

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  4. I once almost walked into rush hour traffic at Bay/Front, only be be averted by a honking car approaching me; I am too pathologically careless about this and, fault aside, drivers should be super careful with pedestrians because we don't want horrible accidents.

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    1. If you're that fucking dumb, perhaps society would benefit by you being hit?

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  5. I understand that cars shouldn't stop for pedestrians on Ring Road, but there should be far more crossings for students available. Students who live or study at the colleges and have to quickly swap to main campus wind up waiting for cars all the time. Similarly, trying to cross to get to DC is a nightmare. A couple of crosswalks would easily alleviate the problem, and frankly, I support students walking to classes more than cars driving around Ring Road.

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  6. I like to coast past DC in neutral, one foot hovering over the break, one over the gas, if someone starts to cross, I rev up the engine like I'm accelerating hard but my other foot is ready to stop if I need to.

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    1. your car will slow down quickly in neutral especially if you use winter tires. they will think you yield. it's just creating chaos.

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  7. I honestly do not understand why ring road can't be closed to non-bus and UW services traffic. All of the parking lots exist at the edge of campus and an access point from Phillip could be easily built for vehicle traffic that wants to get close to DC. Otherwise close the loop to traffic, and build quick entrances/exits for buses on the north and south side of the university rather than having to go all the way to BMH and SCH respectively. For example, when 7D/9 are coming into campus there should be a right turn immediately after the rail track to go straight up the east side of ring road. It is super annoying that the bus will stop at Seagram, everyone will get off and then the bus has to wait at the 3-way stop waiting for all the same people that just got off to get the hell out of the way.

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    1. There are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 parking lots which require you to drive on Ring Road to access. There may be more, but 8 is just the number I can count off the top of my head.

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  8. Witnessed a group of middle-aged women today yelling at a car that didn't stop for them. wtf?

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