Why I hate driving in Columbia

Friday, February 22, 2008 | 5:48 p.m. CST; updated 12:04 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

“Pedestrians. Around all three college campuses, they just walk into the middle of the street like they own the place. I am going to not slow down one of these days.”

— Julius Kershinske

“Whenever it rains, I can’t see where I’m going. Why doesn’t Columbia have reflective paint for the lines or reflective squares like they do on the highway? They really need to invest in that.”

— Mark Renken

“The cobblestone in East Campus. There are so many holes and bumps. It hurts my car every time I drive home.”

— Kathleen Gates

“People in Columbia think yellow means speed up and get into the intersection. There is no red-red pause, the lights just go red-green. So on short lights, you end up missing half your time to drive because opposing traffic is in your way.”

— Amber Fehrenbacher

“A lot of people didn’t seem to learn that you’re supposed to wave after I let you merge. That bothers me.”

— Geanie Butts

Missourian reporter Allison Bennett contributed to this report.

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Mark Foecking February 23, 2008 | 3:50 a.m.

On the campuses, pedestrians DO own the place. That's how it was set up. There are a lot more pedestrians than drivers on campus.

Park the car and walk, or take a bike or skateboard to campus. Save some of the energy spent being angry at the pedestrians and get where you're going faster.


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Danielle Lacey February 23, 2008 | 5:34 p.m.

Just because it's a pedestrian campus. doesn't give pedestrians the right to jump out into the middle of the street. Pedestrians are supposed to cross at the crosswalk. Many think that no matter where they are, if they get hit, it's automatically the driver's fault. NOT true.

Besides that, you'd think some would be a little smarter. If I'm in my car and I get into an accident with some jaywalking pedestrian, they're the ones who are going to get hurt.

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Amber Hanneken February 23, 2008 | 7:29 p.m.

People have no common sense on campus. They not only walk in front of cars, they walk in front of the buses. Are you going to tell me that the buses don't have a right to be there either?

Give me a break! Part of the campus streets are closed off to pedestrians-only but not the entire campus. That means use the knowledge you were taught as a child and look both ways before crossing the street. Also, don't glare at me when I have to slam on my breaks because you jumped into the street while on your cell phone and looking at your feet.

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Allison Bennett February 24, 2008 | 11:36 p.m.

I agree - don't shoot me a look or shake your fist if you walk into the middle of traffic with your earphones on and your hood up! University and College Avenue are NOT part of a pedestrian campus.

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Knox Harrington March 9, 2008 | 5:21 p.m.

The contempt with which people in this town have for college students always amazes me. MU is the biggest employer and most of the tax money spent on those roads comes from the students' tuition, either directly or indirectly.

These people, young though they might be, are your neighbors, customers and clients. Of course the students don't always have the right of way, but you seem to suggest that they should be run over by a two ton automobile for inconveniencing you.

Getting out of your car and walking around campus will lower your obviously too high blood pressure and make your rear end less fat.

Remember that if enough college student get hit by impatient drivers, the city and university WILL close the roads and make them into pedestrian malls during daylight hours. Then you will have no choice but to huff and puff your way around MU on foot.

One last thing: if you get too close to me with that SUV, while I am in a crosswalk or not, I'll be hitting the hood of your car with the tack hammer I've started carrying around for aggressive drivers.

Grow up; slow down.

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J. White March 11, 2008 | 1:09 p.m.

While I agree that MU is one of the biggest employers in Columbia, that does not mean that they govern all of the rules of the road. While on campus, drivers should be aware of the students who cross in the middle of the street without looking both ways, talking on their cell phones, or looking at their feet. You can still get a ticket (as happened with someone I knew). However, that does not mean that students get to cross where ever they want on city streets. If they can't use the crosswalks or the intersections, then the results of their stupidity are their own fault. Drivers should be aware, but they don't have to be treated as a second class citizen because of a brainless "adult" who doesn't have enough sense to "look both ways" and "obey the rules of the road"

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Amber Hanneken March 11, 2008 | 1:19 p.m.

Well first of all, I know that all three of us are students of the University of Missouri that commented about students not using common sense when crossing the streets.

No where did any of us imply that anyone deserves to be run over. It's not an inconvenience so much that we are afraid of hurting someone who isn't paying attention and jumps in front of our car. It is they who will be injured and not us. It's not even a matter of speed. I am always cautious and slow around campus but still find myself having to slam on my brakes because of oblivious students.

I personally live 10 minutes from campus in north Columbia and so have to drive to campus everyday. Once I get to the parking lot, I take the bus to campus and spend the entire day walking to classes. So my blood pressure is fine and I am not at all fat, thank you. What a total abstraction.

So your solution is to use violence against another's vehicle? I dare you to touch my hood (of my Chevy Sedan not SUV), you can be contacted by my insurance company shortly after that.

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