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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6 2013 4:55 p.m. MST

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Saratoga Springs, UT

when are they going to teach a class on pedestrian etiquette?
byu students act like they own the roads on and around campus.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Interesting how a couple people purportedly from Orem, who live nowhere near BYU, and some dude or dudette from Cache Valley who doesn't have a dog in this fight, feel the need to complain or vent on a matter in which they have no voice or interest. BYU will do what is best for its campus and students. Some of us may get to benefit from their decisions. Just sayin'.

Lindon, UT

Some of the people putting negative comments on this board really need a hobby. Seriously people, BYU is going to do what is best for their campus and students. If you don't like it, DON'T GO THERE!

Shenandoah, IA

As someone who HASN'T lived in Utah their whole life (like most of the complainers), I wholeheartedly concur. The residents in Utah cities are so used to their well-planned, well-regulated roads that they can't understand the concept of real traffic. When I went to BYU, I delivered pizzas, so I can attest to the "traffic." Now, compare Provo to Los Angeles, or Chicago, or Boston, or DC -- or even Omaha, where traffic isn't really that bad -- get out of Utah and see the world -- and you'll see what REAL traffic is like. The primary duty of the BYU administrators is the safety and well-being of their students and visitors, and secondary, to the surrounding community. I'm sorry that you can't cut through campus anymore (which is PRIVATE PROPERTY). If you've seen other campuses, like the U of Iowa, some are scattered all around the city; it's horrible. And if my children attend the school, I'm glad that the Y is genuinely concerned with their safety. Ditto on the higher property values, demand for services, etc; you can't have your cake and eat it, too.

Western Rover
Herriman, UT

Even though I graduated from, and still root for the U., I support the right of BYU to do what they want with their campus, without regard to the demands of neighbors who bought their houses well after BYU was established, and who enjoy high property values and thriving nearby businesses because of BYU's presence. (I used to live in a house within earshot of The Palace, so I'm familiar with the area.)

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

The campus is our world and we simply love it here.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

We have an inversion and a plan that could help reduce emissions by eliminating driving is being scoffed at? Typical Provo thinking.

The U has a shuttle. Just saying....

Springville, UT

Closing Campus Drive to through traffic will force many more cars onto 700 and 800 north that skirt the south end of campus. Like 900 East these roads are already dangerous places for pedestrians. The proposed changes will certainly make the BYU campus more beautiful and pedestrian friendly, but it will increase the danger to pedestrians and bikers (including me)who approach BYU from the south. The proposed plan should address these needs with assurances that Provo City will install traffic lights or bridges at pedestrian crossing on 700 and 800 north between 100 and 700 East. Maybe BYU could donate the soon-to-be-demolished pedestrian bridge that leads to the law school!

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY


True of students at any campus I have ever visited anywhere.

Herriman, UT

I think many people misunderstand - BYU owns this road and various others around campus, they are not public roads. BYU allows public access to it most of the year (they actually shut it down once a year, usually on Christmas day, simply to ensure it cannot be claimed as a public road).

I admit, change is hard, especially if you are an impacted neighbor, but my impression is that BYU is a boon to the town. Most people living next to campus choose to do so because of campus, not in spite of it, and with that choice comes some discomfort at times. We all deal with it in our own neighborhoods. It sounds like some re-work of surrounding roads is certainly in order.

Fresno, CA

I'm with eastcoastcoug on this one. Unless something has changed drastically since I moved away 6 years ago.... which I have not seen on my visits back .... the only actual bad traffic on 9th East is following football and basketball games. Plus, since students have to live within a certain radius of campus, walking (in a wonderfully walkable town) to campus is not a big deal. I lived for 4 years as an undergrad without a car.

Since I first moved to Provo in 1990, BYU has been constantly changing the campus. It has always resulted in a more beautiful campus. The improvement of the campus, improves the city.

Also, Fresno State does not have roads through it. So, this is not an odd thing for BYU to do.


I will propose to Provo City to discontinue all roads going to BYU by 50 feet.

Orem, UT

to EastCoastcoug:

I lived in Monroe/Trumble for several years in Ct. Traffic not a problem there! Freeways every which way, and quiet country roads all over...9th East is a nightmare now...these changes need to be open and honest. They are talking about 9th East having to be considered, but so far the public have not been informed nor updated. Communication friend, it is sorely lacking at BYU and Provo...remember they were going to turn the entire south of campus into no roads and walking areas? That idea died when the reality of the nightmare traffic was taken into account.

Juan Figuroa
Seattle, WA

Good for BYU. If I had neighbors using my driveway as a thruway, I'd block it off, too. Nobody should be on Campus Drive who doesn't have business with the school. If you're not student, staff, or a visitor with a legitimate purpose, you don't belong on campus. There've been too many accidents -- some of them fatal -- on that road. Pedestrians deserve safe passage.

Juan Figuroa
Seattle, WA

Note, too, that BYU was an institution long before ANY of the present-day neighbors arrived. You moved to Provo knowing what you were living alongside. If you don't like the University exercising its property rights in a way that inconveniences you, you're free to leave. The school isn't going to move to simplify your life.

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