WALKING: Where are the worst places to walk? Best?

Everyone is a pedestrian on campus at some point. Where do you feel unsafe? What could be done to improve your walking experience?

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30 thoughts on “WALKING: Where are the worst places to walk? Best?

  1. The construction work on campus needs to be done more safely. I was almost run over by a front loaders near the library. Campuses are one of the few construction sites where pedestrians walk in the middle of work sites. Work crews need to better mark and fence off sites.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  2. The needs for better sidewalks can most often be identified by looking for places where erosion is taking place from people cutting corners or using more direct routes to walk between classes, etc.

    Use those “paths of convenience” to create logical walkways instead of fighting against them by putting up metal fencing or planting foliage to change behavior.

    Thoughtful, durable design on the front end could have eliminated these issues, and punishing logic by trying to shepherd walkers to use other paths is ridiculous.

    And this campus could use another couple of raised pedestrian bridges, one per quad crossing. This was discussed some during the Master Plan sessions of the PEC, but not quite in this scope. COVERED pedestrian bridges would be the most thoughful option.

    • I definitely agree with the need for pedestrian walks. The place I feel least safe is crossing the street between Lubar and Lapham Halls. Even during those few times when there is an officer directing traffic people are always driving fast on that road. I used to use the the walkway even though it was not convenient for me (coming from Cunningham) to get to the ramp up and not comfortable (with the wind and the ice on the path). The construction has illustrated its use and I would definitely suggest some covered ways across the roads. I don’t know the internal geometry of Lubar very well since I have only ever passed through, but Lapham has two stairwells on the face of the building that fronts the street, surely something could be designed and constructed to give direct building to building access for the cold and snowy months. Even the handicapped could use them since they could be designed to start across the street on the same level as the floor.

      • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  3. And during construction, as in the Holton, Merrill, Johnston complex, it should never be the case that all handicap ramps are closed to a building at once. This has been the case MULTIPLE times this summer and fall in Holton and Johnston–and I witnessed a tour with a wheelchair-bound guest who could not come into Holton when this was the case.

    That is not the way a recruitment visit should end. Because, despite the tour continuing, we can assume that this person would not choose to come to a university that doesn’t put accessibility above renovation.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  4. I’ve almost been hit by vehicles several times while crossing the intersections of Maryland/Kenwood and Oakland/Kenwood. I dont think it would be completely unreasonable to close off the UWM sections of Kenwood, Maryland, and Hartford to pedestrians only during certain times of the day. Driving should be discouraged; students have proven they cant handle the responsibility and encouraging faculty & students to live within the neighborhood would help strengthen the community.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  5. There should be crosswalks to the NW Quadrant. I use the parking structure when it is not full and always have classes south of Hartford. There is no opportunity to cross the street safely unless I walk all the way to the stoplight at Hartford and Maryland and that is out of the way for me.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  6. I will have to agree with the need for pedestrian bridges at all major crossings around campus. They can’t be all that expensive to build, and are sure to experience a great amount of use, as they are very convenient, and a safer alternative to playing frogger with UWM traffic. The flow of traffic would be much better as well with fewer pedestrians holding up lines of traffic. Especially at peak times of the day when a class gets let out and 2 or 300 people are crossing the street in a row (most notably at the Lubar/Lapham pedestrian crossing and other places without traffic lights such as the library crossing). Covering the walk ways would only be a bonus for unwelcoming weather conditions, which could also help the accessibility and use of these walkways by handicapped users. I like the idea of connecting the walkways directly to buildings as the winter months tend to be a bit harsh in Milwaukee.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  7. The worst spots for walking in the area are those spots which are considered city lots following snow storms. While campus is very good about clearing walks and pedestrian areas, the city is a laggard on these lots.

    Both campus and the city are very inconsistent in clearing the corners of walks. Both leave a lot of snow on these corners from street plows and do not deal with the snow which leads to large puddles, ice, and slush which makes crossing streets (even at controlled stops) more dangerous)

    Walking on campus as a pedestrian is mostly safe. However, crossing Maryland and Hartford is middling at best as a pedestrian, especially during busy times during the day. The speed limit on campus should be no more than 15 mph, there should be features on both streets on campus that force motorists to slow (speed bumps), and it might even be beneficial to have Hartford be a “pedestrian” only zone during certain peak campus hours (around the noon hour especially when most students are on campus.)

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  8. The blocks surrounding the UWM campus are terrible to walk on in winter. Very few houses clear their sidewalks properly. I park a few blocks from campus normally, and it takes me forever to walk because I have to be so careful not to hurt myself. Sidewalks are either slippery from ice or completely uneven from all the snow that’s been packed down without the homeowners clearing the sidewalk. I have knee problems, and I’m always hurting my knees by trying to walk to school on dangerous sidewalks. More pressure needs to be put on UWM neighbors to shovel and salt their sidewalks so students can walk safely. I don’t think they understand or care that they’re liable if someone gets hurt on their sidewalk.

    • Having lived very near campus and having known a lot of others who have as well, I can say part of the problem is the lack of oversight with respect to rental properties, both on the parts of landlords and tenants. Shoveling duties are legally the responsibility of the property owner, though plenty of less-than-scrupulous landlords (a majority in my experience) exploit tenants by pushing the duty on to them (I say “exploit” as the work is done by tenants directly on behalf of the landlord and is rarely compensated by direct payment or rent discounts). I’ve had leases that fail to mention shoveling duties at all while the landlord also fails to get the walks shoveled, I’ve had leases in multiple-unit buildings that fail to specify who is responsible for shoveling while requiring , and I’ve had leases where shoveling was a tenant responsibility that was never enforced by either the landlord or the city through citations for unshoveled walks. It might not be a terrible idea to hire people to clear the walks for a couple of blocks around campus, though money is obviously tight. The city could probably address this with better oversight or additionally requiring landlords around campus to retain the services of commercial snow removal services in order to rent out properties, though that’s somewhat beyond campus control.

      • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  9. The intersection at Hartford and Maryland is terrible. Someone is going to sprain an ankle as the concrete has eroded so badly. I like the no turn on red signs and hope more go up around campus and I like the count down timers at intersections. Those are great additions for safety. If Hartford is going to continue to be a through street, then the addition of speed humps would help slow traffic and make crossing it seem more safe. Another though would be to initiate the OK to cross in a crosswalk 4-5 seconds before the light turns green so the pedestrian has presence in the crosswalks before cars start to move.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  10. Ideally, the most “in-campus” streets would simply be closed except to service vehicles…but I rather doubt the city would go for that idea. Pedestrian overpasses are a good, if expensive, option. I know there are crossing guards at peak times…but that’s expensive too. It might be best and most economical to install signals: vehicles are most likely to stop with an actual stop light, and while a stop light for pedestrians will not prevent all of them from crossing, the awareness that in 30 seconds or so they’ll have unimpeded crossing might at least encourage *some* restraint.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  11. In the winter-time, the biggest problem is walking home at night when neighborhood sidewalks are not shoveled. It is difficult to see where it’s icy, and often dangerously slippery. BOSS is available to students, but not to academic staff. I finish teaching at 8, and often have a very difficult time walking home on dark, icy, snowy sidewalks. It would be wonderful if UWM could provide a safe walking route on main north-south streets (like Maryland or Oakland) and perhaps on main east-west streets (like Locust or Park). The campus snow-shoveling seems exemplary.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  12. I totally agree with CK for the need of pedestrian bridges at all major crossings around the campus. It will not only help the pedestrian but also the traffic around the UWM campus.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

  13. I agree with Jessica; there needs to be at least one crosswalk area on Hartford by NWQ. I tried to cross the street yesterday to catch a bus and ended up missing the bus despite being just a few feet from it, because I couldn’t get across the street safely. There were a number of other students who seemed to be facing a similar problem, and I think it’s only going to continue as foot traffic in and around NWQ increases.

    • Thanks for your comments! Please stop by the Open Forum on Wednesday April 2 at 2 PM (Golda Meir Library East Wing) to voice your concerns. This is a great opportunity to directly share your opinions and interact with folks at many campus and Milwaukee area transportation agencies. For a full list of attending organizations, check out http://uwmmoves.wordpress.com/

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