(Campus Reform) Arizona State University students are petitioning the university to change the name of its pedestrian walkways as its current name—Walk-Only Zones—might be a “microaggression” and “offensive” to people who cannot walk.
The public university enforces these Walk-Only Zones on its Tempe, Ariz., campus during the weekdays in certain areas around campus in order to “enhance pedestrian safety” and “ease vehicle congestion,” according to the university’s website. During the enforcement period, during which students are paid to patrol, wheeled vehicles (including bicycles, delivery vans, landscaping vehicles, golf carts, scooters, Segways, skateboards, etc.) are banned from the area.
But according to a Change.org petition signed by more than 50 people, the zones’ name “marginalizes disabled bodies who cannot walk.” Started by Alec Melger of Mesa, Ariz., the petition asks the university to change the name of the zones to “Pedestrian Only” or another “inclusive” name.
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