Sascha Hume '23
As the school year gets rolling, I think it is worth bringing up a couple issues with school driving infrastructure. I have heard a bunch of people bring these specific issues up, so I believe they should be considered, even if this is all ultimately falling on deaf ears.
This is the big one. There just are not enough spots for everyone. Even if there technically should be enough, students consistently report not being able to find a spot for the life of them if they arrive after a certain time. Students should not be expected to arrive significantly earlier than they otherwise need to just to secure a spot, and this logic by necessity cannot apply to everyone since there are less spots available than people who need to park. Apparently there are/were plans in the works to get more spots. I am not sure if that has already happened or not, but if the situation persists, Saint Albans either needs to work something out with either Saint Sophia’s or the city to get access to more spots, or it needs to further restrict who is allowed to park in its own slots. A parking pass does not need to be an absolute guarantee of parking, but it should signify an assurance of parking almost all of the time.
As you come down the big hill on Pilgrim Road and round the bend, you are confronted with a speed bump. It’s a school zone, so this isn’t out of the ordinary, and there are several other bumps along the way. What is unusual and really annoying is how big it is. With certain cars, no matter how slow you go, the bump hits and damages the undercarriage. I do not see any beneficial reason for this to be the case, and it should not be too difficult of a fix: just lower the bump.
The Senior Circle driving lane is quite narrow, to the point of making driving through it difficult. The school might not want to do anything to the Glastonbury Thorn, but there is still plenty of space around the plant in the central island which could be reduced to widen the lane. I do not see any harm in doing that.
I kind of feel like I’m complaining to the manager, but, again, I do think these issues should be considered.