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A key goal of the Vehicular Circulation Plan is to improve the transition one experiences while moving from a vehicle to parking to the pedestrian sidewalks so that it is as pleasant as possible. The perception of large "seas of parking" could be improved with additional landscaping and smaller scale parking lots.
The College will enhance the pedestrian experience by strengthening the "ring road" concept in order to minimize vehicular access to the inner pedestrian core by restricting vehicles to the perimeter of campus as much as logistically possible. To help achieve this goal, the East Service Road should be developed into a main access road that will serve the east residential areas and complete the "ring road" around campus. The improved East Service Road would connect to 8th Avenue at the south entry of campus near the top of the "front hill" and near the north end of campus adjacent to the proposed recreation fields. These proposed improvements would direct vehicles away from the center of campus and will allow for the closure of 8th Avenue.
The proposed 8th Avenue closure at the center of campus would allow pedestrians to walk between the east residential areas and the academic zones in the center of campus without any roadway crossings. The portion of 8th Avenue envisioned for closure should be designed so that it can be accessed by emergency vehicles and so it can be easily re-opened for special events or, perhaps for certain designated times. One result of the proposed 8th Avenue closure will be to direct more traffic to the College Drive entry location which is to become the main vehicular campus entry point.
The Vehicular Circulation Plan provides public access as close to the center of campus as possible without compromising the interior pedestrian areas. Cul-de-sac drop off points are envisioned at the north and south ends of the proposed 8th Avenue closure. The introduction of an additional drop off, similar to the Raidar Avenue cul-de-sac, is envisioned near the southwest corner of the academic Green. This would provide for a total of four access points close to the center of campus without compromising the pedestrian core.
The use of the multi-purpose sidewalks and 20 foot wide firelanes can be successful within the academic and residential areas. This allows the physical environment to be designed primarily for pedestrian users (95%) while supporting vehicular access (5%) when necessary. One goal of future campus development is to integrate service and emergency access within pedestrian environments seamlessly. New building projects need to include well designed access points for service and delivery vehicles and the College will need to develop better control of material deliveries to reduce conflicts. The use of golf carts and other small service vehicles should be encouraged to promote the pedestrian oriented campus.
The Vehicular Circulation Plan also incorporates a small scale mass transit center to improve ridership and reduce dependency on single occupied vehicles. The proposed Transit Center should be located central to the academic and residential zones. A new facility adjacent to, or integrated within, the proposed Student Services building east of the new 8th Avenue walkway, would be ideal.
The College should also consider reducing the scale of roads over time. Roadway widths and lengths of straight -a - ways should be held to a minimum to reduce speeds and enhance the campus environment.