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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bike lanes could reduce accidents on Ohio State campus [Lantern]

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Andrew Holleran / Photo editor
A bicyclist rides along the sidewalk on Lane Avenue Tuesday evening.
There have been seven bicycle-related traffic accidents on or near Ohio State’s campus this school year, a problem some students think could be solved by adding bike lanes and more racks on campus.
Lindsay Komlanc, spokeswoman for OSU Administration and Planning, said the seven accidents occurred prior to September, and six of those accidents were collisions between bicyclists and vehicles, while one was between a bicyclist and a pedestrian.
However, The Lantern has documented at least seven pedestrian or bicycle related accidents since Aug. 20 on and off campus, at least three of which sent students to the hospital with serious injuries.
OSU President E. Gordon Gee and others think the semester switch, large freshman class of almost 7,200 new students and campus construction contributed to the spike in accidents at the start of the semester.
“I think it is because of the rhythm of change from quarters to semesters, and the fact that we are doing so much construction on campus,” Gee said. “Those are probably the two major issues.”

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