Friday, January 28, 2011

In October 2006, SC State University implemented the President’s Health Initiative (PHI) to empower faculty, staff and students to make healthy lifestyle changes, ultimately helping to eliminate ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.

The President’s Health Initiative will continue promoting a healthy lifestyle with the implementation of a Pedestrian Campus. Scheduled to begin in January 2011, certain streets throughout campus will be closed to vehicular traffic, using bollards, ultimately transforming SC State into a Pedestrian Campus. These street closings will also assist in reducing noise and pollution levels near academic buildings, and produce a safer environment for pedestrian traffic as new campus construction begins.

“I believe that a pedestrian campus supports social interaction and face-to-face contact that contributes positively to the health, wellness, and to the quality of the campus life and the educational experience,” said President George E. Cooper.

The first street impacted will be Geathers Street, also known as State Street, which will be closed to all vehicular traffic with the exception of vehicle access for service functions, emergency vehicles and the disabled on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Also impacted will be some faculty and staff parking spaces. SC State’s Campus Police Department has identified alternative parking spaces and will be contacting faculty and staff individually.

“Having led the University’s master plan committee for more than 20 years, and working closely with the development of SC State’s current facilities and landscape features, I am excited about our University’s evolution into a Pedestrian Campus,” said Dr. Clarence Hill, chairman of the Pedestrian Conversion Committee. “In concert with the PHI, I know that with our community using bicycles or walking to classes will make them healthier over time due to the increase in exercise,” Hill continued.

There are three phases to the Pedestrian Campus implementation, and once all three phases are complete, which will completely transform SC State into a walking campus, there will still be the opportunity to access any building from the three major boulevards that encircle the perimeter of campus, including Magnolia (US 601), Chestnut (US 21/178), and Russell Street (SC 33).