I woke up late … again. However, I have long legs, and my normal walking pace is quite speedy. I’ll speed walk and make it to class just fine, or at least that’s my plan. Other students apparently have other plans. Regrettably, I walk into class five minutes late.
Unfortunately, this scenario happens quite often to many students. Students who feel that they have plenty of time to get to class because they are fast get held up because others walk arm in arm across the sidewalk. No one wants to be rude and push through the linked friends, and people can even take a gentle “excuse me” as offensive. Because of this, I propose a solution. Let the slower people meander to class at their own pace, but keep them in their own lane. That’s right; I’m proposing different paths for people who prefer to walk faster or slower. These different sidewalks could be marked with different colors or patterns to tell them apart. That way, everyone is accommodated and there are no more frustrated students getting late to class.
Now, I understand that some students may see this as unfair, prejudiced, or biased. What defines someone as a slow or fast walker, anyway? The average walking speed is 3.1 mph. The different lanes can be measured by this speed. Those who walk faster than the average will have access to the fast paths, while those who walk slower would have access to the normal paths. And, while this may be biased towards fast walkers, the fast paths wouldn’t be completely off-limits to slower walkers, as long as they kicked it up a notch. After all, college students are very busy, and it isn’t implausible that an average or slower walker has rushed days. But the separation of slower and faster walkers would create a more pleasurable campus and reduce the number of late students. And if people really don’t want to have separate walking paths, then the solution is simple. Get a move on.
BY: Kale Armour, Provo