Students are always deemed as animals that are nocturnal and never attend lectures. When in fact we, alongside those that have jobs experience the same commuting difficulties.
Waking up to the sound of your alarm is bad, but have you ever not woken up. My mind so used to the ringing of my phone that I’ve managed to become immune to it. Over sleeping on the morning of a lecture is the least of my worries. It’s the great strides and speed walking competition I manage to enter on the way to my University along with all the other students who can’t help but to hit snooze. Constantly glazing at my watch frantically trying to work out how long it’s taken me to walk the past five yards since I last checked the time. By this point, it’ gone nine and now late for the lecture.
But for some this would be a walk in the park. Others need to worry about driving and estimating what traffic they will be stuck in. Whilst the most unfortunate must deal with public transport. Holly, a commuter to the university stated, “It’s a struggle to get to lectures on time, my routine is heavily reliant on public transport.”
However, there are the odd few that think it’s a must to complain about the easiest forms of travel. The cyclists. Bicycles require minimal effort and maximum exaggeration. Despite this the incompetent individual must complain about almost everything.
To aid the requirements of those that resemble snowflakes the university have brought in ‘AECOM’ a team to review the transport infrastructure of the university. Their aims: Reduce the vehicle speed on campus; improve pedestrian and cyclist experience and to wrap the students in bubble wrap so they don’t have to experience the difficulties of the real word.
When researching this company, I discovered the grand scale of some of their constructions. Some of their biggest operations consist of NFL stadiums, The JFK airport and the world trade centre transportation hub. Many huge landmarks, then there’s us. As a university, full of some of the most intelligent humans, you’d have thought that we’d realise that they probably aren’t needed to amend the small difficulties that a few students are bringing to their attention.
Kim Pettingill, a member of the AECOM team explained to me that they had received multiple issues from their day asking students about transport difficulties. The issue that had appeared most frequently was how the cycle parking areas were at the opposite end of the university in which most students cycle in from.
Sorry, how is this an issue? I understand the point made about how drivers need to cut their speeds as this can compromise the safety of students. But the fact that some students feel it’s a major issue that they must walk a few extra yards further because the cycle shelters are out of their way. Its utter nonsense.
The main problems for commuters seem to be to do with public transport off campus rather than the difficulties people face when they have arrived. Those that commute have difficulties with dealing with late train arrivals of continuous traffic on the roads causing tail backs or worst gridlock.
Aidan Fox, a daily commuter described the traffic as being the worst he had witnessed prior to attending University. He stated “The difficulties are within Colchester; many people are on their way to work and the rest are students all heading the same way” he said.
Despite students having to deal with these problems we seem to forever be judged by the stereotypes created by those that think they are more prestige due to having a 9-5 job. Ha, how ridiculous.