Passers-by walk across Cross Street at a pedestrian walkway.
Brightly-colored signs have been installed in the center of the street in an
effort to improve campus safety.
Campus Safety Upgrades Continue
In its on-going efforts to continually improve
campus safety, Wesleyan has been taking various measures to upgrade services
and capabilities appropriately. These include:
Brightly-colored signs have been installed in the middle of crosswalks
on Church Street and Cross Street reminding motorists that they must stop
for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Lighting has been improved at several
crosswalks and a new crosswalk signal will be installed on Washington
Public Safety's on-going dialogue with the city to investigate other areas
for crosswalk improvement has yielded a plan for further improvements that
will add traffic calming measures by moving curbs, removing on-street
parking in some areas, adjusting crosswalk locations to fit pedestrian
traffic patterns, installing raised crosswalks and improving signs both on
the sides of the road and painted on the roadway. The plan is pending
approval and funding by the city.
During the last 12 months, new fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems
were installed at Low Rise Apartments, and the wood-framed residences on
Vine Street, Warren Street, Home Avenue.
Other renovations include fire alarm upgrades to 200 High St., 200 Church
St., Center for the Arts Art Studio North and South, the CFA Cinema, 5A & B
Fountain, 14 A, B & C Warren, and Physical Plant's Cady Building on Long
In addition, part of a recent $10 Million Bond-funded project includes $2.5
Million for fire alarm and fire sprinkler upgrades to existing wood frame
Campus Shuttle Program
The "RIDE" Campus Shuttle Program was expanded in the past year
to insure safe and convenient transportation services for students during
evening hours. The new Shuttle Program operates seven nights a week during
the academic year from 7 pm until 4 a.m. In addition to the two shuttle
lines, the program now offers a downtown shuttle every Wednesday through
Saturday nights from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. The shuttle stops at several
locations on Main Street every 20 minutes. Access for people with
disabilities is available during the same times and over the same routes.
All shuttle locations are in the vicinity of a blue light emergency phone
and in well lighted areas. Pick up times have been added to all shuttle
locations. Times and locations can be found at
In addition, all shuttle drivers have completed a driver safety course and
attend several meetings each semester on driver safety and customer service
skills. Each shuttle van has comment cards students can complete and send to
the transportation services manager. All comments, complaints and
suggestions are followed up on immediately.
Residence Hall Card Access
In the fall of 2006, Wesleyan will complete a comprehensive installation of
electronic proximity access equipment on all undergraduate residence hall
facilities accommodating more than 20 students. The new proximity access
program uses student picture identification cards to provide visual
verification of users, and create information related to who enters
residences, as well as the time and date of entry.
Wesleyan is always looking for ways to improve campus safety. Please direct
suggestions to David Meyer, interim director of public safety, at
|By David Pesci, director
of Media Relations