A member of Northwestern University’s student government has called for eliminating vehicle traffic on the portion of Sheridan Road that passes through the university, according to a report in the student newspaper, the Daily Northwestern.
Associated Student Government Chief of Staff Isaac Rappoport proposed an amendment to a Safe Transportation Resolution under discussion that the road be reclaimed as a university space as a way to enhance safety, the newspaper said.
Last month, a student was killed when a bicycle she was riding collided with a cement truck on Sheridan Road.
When an ASG senator protested the suggestion on the grounds that “we don’t own Evanston,” Rappoport reportedly countered that it would make the university a safer space for students and faculty.
“He also argued there was no reason to have a major road pass through such a highly-trafficked university area, and his reasoning ultimately won out, and the amendment was passed,” the newspaper reported.