Posted at 4 p.m. Nov. 22, 2016

Campus developments restrict student parking

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With the construction of the Clay Pathfinder Building in the middle of what was Laramie County Community College’s largest parking lot, many of us have expressed frustration about finding parking near the main campus buildings.

I do understand the college has budget cuts coming, but if the college is looking for more students, parking needs to improve so new students will have a place to park. There are many non-traditional students who live off campus. They already have their own home or apartment. They have income and support themselves. These students are just as important as those who live in the Residence Halls. They pay tuition, they buy from the Bookstore, and they help the overall statistics on the number of students attending LCCC.

While there are blue spaces for those who have disabilities, there are many students who do not qualify for permits but have health issues that makes walking more than a short distance very hard. Whether it is asthma or arthritis, old or young or just suffering from an injury that will last a few months, they still have to get to class. If you’ve never walked 100 yards and felt you had to sit down because you can’t breathe or it hurts too much to take another step, you can’t understand just how hard it is to get to class.

To make matters worse for everyone, weather tends to step in and create conditions where many people would need a ride. Think about winter conditions: It’s not uncommon for the temperature to be well below zero with the wind chill dropping temperatures even further. This can lead to people with poor health becoming even more sick.

One possible solution would be for the college to provide transportation from the parking lot on the west side of the Agriculture building and circle around the college, dropping off students to buildings where they need to go. It would be as progressive as the building that usurped the large plot in our parking lot.

I brought up the possibility of adding a small fee to students’ tuition to help pay for new transports to Judy Hay, vice president of Student Services.

“Since this would be something that would likely require the purchase of a vehicle for this use, some research into an appropriate fee would be needed”, Hay said.

While there is no commitment to remedy this problem, the seeds for a future campus shuttle have been planted.