As seniors and juniors know, parking at the Knoll is a nightmare. Whether it is getting to school 15 minutes early to get a good spot or running out of school as the bell rings to get to your car before the daily traffic jam, the Knoll is altogether a horrifying place. While we all love and appreciate our fellow classmates, some of them cannot drive. I cannot comprehend how they passed their driving tests and obtained a car. I have on many occasions feared for the safety of myself and my car while parking and driving in the Knoll. Common curtsey flies out the window, as well as bottle caps, paper balls and many other objects. Don’t throw things. Period.
After running out of school hoping to beat Knoll traffic, you get in your car, turn the ignition, and put it in drive, only to get cut off by multiple cars swerving around the narrow, crowded parking lot. To make the Knoll safer for all those parking there, everyone needs to be more conscientious of other drivers. Don’t pull out of your spot so fast you cut off multiple cars and endanger the people who are walking to their cars. Use common sense and let those in front of you turn, instead of driving up beside them and cutting them off. Follow the one way rule. It’s only one way in and one way out.
While the kids parking at the Knoll are a big problem, middle school parents and dog park goers are just as bad. I’m not really sure why middle school parents think they can pull into the Knoll and wait for their kids. The Knoll is for parking; not for pickup. If they were parking in legitimate spots they would cause less of a problem, but on many occasions they have parked in front of students’ cars. People who go to the dog park need to realize that going to or leaving the dog park at 2:11 is not a good idea.
The Knoll should be closed for entrance from between 2:00 and 2:30. Kids should have to pass a Knoll parking test before they receiving their parking passes. Adults should realize that they do not own the Knoll and do not have the right to park there, blocking people in and causing more traffic and confusion.
By: Elisa Lemack