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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Pedestrian Circulation
Pedestrian Circulation
The existing pattern of walks and pathways is highlighted in red on the accompanying drawing. Impromptu paths, student short cuts through the grass, are indicated by the red dotted lines. An orange dashed line (at the lower portion of the map) shows the Wilson Nature Trail in the wooded area to the northwest of the core campus.

What is notable about the colored pattern is that it is not continuous. There are white gaps where paved walking surfaces do not connect, typically where roads intervene; but there are stretches of lawn lying between student residence halls and the academic core with no walkways. Walkway links from the core of the campus to Kirby and to Fraternity Circle are intermittent.

The circle, laid over the map, casting outward from the Watkins Bell Tower, is generated by a five-minute walking radius, ten minutes across the diameter. This walking circle is a theoretical construct that assumes a level site and a steady three-mile per hour gait. Though the undulating site challenges the average pedestrian (a shape accurately reflecting real experience would be deformed on the edges, reflecting sloping ground), the academic core is easily negotiable within five minutes, and the commute to classes from the outlying residences at the northern gate of the campus takes less than ten minutes. In all, the campus is a very human-scaled environment with all facilities close at hand.