JMU Requests Street Closures to Help Cyclists, Walkers

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

Harrisonburg, Va. -- Your drive through Harrisonburg could get a little different, as James Madison University is requesting several streets to close.

JMU says it wants to make the area by the new Student Success Center more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to the preliminary plans and application, the university wants to close South Mason Street from Martin Luther King Way to East Grace Street, as part of the Grace Street Corridor and the new Student Success Center.

The proposed move makes bicyclists like Rich Harris happy.

"I think any effort to make any community as a whole bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly is a great idea," said Harris, who bikes to work at JMU and is on the university's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). I know at JMU we're trying to do that to open up not only to the campus community but to the greater Harrisonburg community."

But some students say it would make driving around campus that much more difficult.

"They already have a good amount of streets cut off within the university, so already being able to find your way around those streets is difficult enough at first," said Fayyad Fayyad, a junior at JMU who drives to campus.

The Harrisonburg City Council will consider the request for application at its meeting on Tuesday night. It would then go before the planning commission on Wednesday.


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