MELBOURNE, FLA. — With several bustling crosswalks on and near the Florida Tech campus and traffic on the rise as more people return to work, the university’s Department of Security and the Melbourne Police Department are focused on ensuring the safety of pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists and skateboarders.
University and city officers will soon be providing heightened visibility and enforcement at the busy crosswalks at University Boulevard and Babcock Street and University Boulevard near WFIT, according to Frank Iannone, director of the Florida Tech Department of Security.
Melbourne police, including motorcycle officers, will focus on the Babcock Street area, where students cross to and from the L3Harris Commons building and nearby housing. University security personnel will be at the crosswalk near WFIT, ensuring safe practices are used by walkers, skateboarders and bicyclists as they cross University Boulevard.
Iannone said it is critical that bicyclists and skateboarders walk across the street, not ride, and he encouraged all who enter the crosswalk to first press the button to trigger the flashing crosswalk lighting system.
Additionally, the Security Department will be sending out informational emails to the campus community highlighting crosswalk safety tips for pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists and skateboarders. The tips are also available at https://www.fit.edu/security/safety-and-security-tips/, in the Pedestrian Safety section.
Have a question or concern? Contact the Department of Security at 321-674-8112.