New bike rack installed in South Lot aids in preventing traffic congestion


Kelly Cooke

The new bike rack outside of the bus loop at MSD has shown to be very effective for those who bike to school.

Ava Jurick, Writer

At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, traffic has become a large issue due to an increase in students. To solve this issue, a new bike rack has been added in the South Lot after being constructed two weeks prior to winter break. There are many students who bike to school, so the addition of another rack is intended to alleviate the congestion in the original bike rack located in the senior lot.

“The purpose of the bike rack was to minimize traffic in the crosswalk by diverting students from one area to another,” Principal Michelle Kefford said.

There has been a significant increase in traffic this school year due to a growth in the school’s population, causing several overcrowding issues. The bike rack was installed so that biking students have an easier time getting to and from school as the new addition is located on the other side of the campus.

“I already notice a difference when I bike to school. I have more time in the morning to see my friends since there is less traffic,” sophomore Anthony Arcodia said.

The bike rack removes the stress of bikers who feel the need to rush to school to avoid traffic in order to get a bike spot. Students may have had to wake up extra early to get a spot for their bike, but with the new rack, there is more room.

“I am very happy they added a new bike rack because sometimes there are too many bikers and now it is easier to get a spot,” freshman Jared Russinoff said.

Students have been having issues in the new lot because the bus loop locks at 4 p.m., so the students who bike may not have been able to retrieve their bike from the bus loop. The bike rack helped to minimize the difficulty of getting bikes out of the lot. The rack has been placed in an attempt to relieve students and faculty of traffic issues.