If you’ve been on Seventh Avenue, you probably noticed the new chain link fence going up around the Occupy Eugene camp. It isn’t part of the protest, it’s a safety precaution.
The City of Eugene decided to put up the fence because of all the jay-walking going on across Seventh Avenue. There is only one crosswalk on the far west intersection of the park to commute across the busy street, and so a lot of people are finding their own means of crossing.
“Going across six lanes of traffic is just not safe and we don’t want it to continue,” said Doug Mozan, Eugene Police.
“I just noticed the fence they put up, but I think it has to do with traffic control and protecting our citizens, people crossing the street. And we’ve had several close calls, and we’re lucky we haven’t killed someone,” said protester Troy Tolliver.
Overall, protesters didn’t seem too upset about the fence. They seemed respectful of the city’s decision and understand the importance of their safety and that of the drivers on Seventh.