VIDEO: Beacon staffers try out the new crosswalk lights

By Rachel Rippetoe and Cheyenne Schoen | February 27, 2017 11:00pm

In the past few weeks, the Willamette Blvd. crosswalk outside of University of Portland’s main entrance has been a hot topic. The University has been working with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to put up new light fixtures since an initial accident knocking out the center median in November. It took three different students getting hit by cars at the crosswalk for the city to fast-track renovations on the site.

New flashing lights have finally been installed, but folks like Vice President of University Operations Jim Ravelli and Public Safety Director Gerry Gregg want to emphasize that the crosswalk will never be safe for students and community members if they don’t do their part by pressing the button and watching for oncoming traffic.

The Beacon tried out the crosswalk to examine the new equipment and practice safety measures students should be taking to avoid any more car-related injuries.