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Harvard Issues New Truck Rules Aimed at Increasing Biker, Pedestrian Safety on Campus

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    Harvard Issues New Truck Rules to Increase Safety on Campus

    All large trucks on Harvard University will now be required to have a sideguard when driving on campus.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018)

    All large trucks on Harvard University will now be required to have a sideguard when driving on campus.

    The initiative is intended to improve pedestrian and biker safety on campus.

    Harvard's sustainability manager David Havelick says the goal is simple.

    "Preventing injuries of bikers or pedestrians getting hit by the side of the truck and getting sucked under the wheel."

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    A study reviewed by Harvard's sustainability department attributes 50-percent of all accidents with large trucks to happen on the side.

    With the Sideguard, pedestrian and bikers would bounce of the rail, rather than go under the truck.

    Some students think it's the Universities vendors who could do a better job of driving on campus.

    "It's not necessarily speed but it's also concentration and that's something I'd like really like to see pushed more here," said Harvard student Raphaell Sophe.

    The initiative will not only include University-operated trucks but also major vendors.

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