Towson University’s Office of Student Activities is putting the spotlight on pedestrian safety at its first Glow Walk—a trek after dark to inform students about how to be safe and alert while traveling off campus. Glow Walk will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. on the York Road side of campus.
The event will consist of safety tips for walking around the Towson community, especially at night, says Joyce Herold, coordinator of off-campus student services for the Office of Student Activities.
“The evening is a peak time for crime,” Herold says. “It’s also a peak time for lower visibility.”
The Office of Student Activities partnered with on-campus organizations including the Student Government Association, Towson University Police Department and the Counseling Center to host the event. The Baltimore County Police Department and Maryland State Highway Administration will also offer advice and expertise about staying safe.
The walk will start at the leasing office of Cardiff Hall Apartments at York and Aigburth roads and will encompass the areas surrounding the university. It will focus on how students can protect themselves from crime and injury in places that may not be well lit or where there may not be crosswalks or sidewalks.
Herold says because Towson is a metropolitan area, it is important to learn this information.
“With the new movie theater and all of the different shops and bars, there is really a bustling nightlife scene for our students,” Herold says. But she cautions, “You shouldn’t be on your phone, and you should walk with partners when you’re traveling in the evening.”
The Glow Walk is part of the Off-Campus Living Series that the Office of Student Activities hosts to incorporate off-campus students in campus life. It is open to students and community members, but those interested must RSVP at www.glowwalkocls.eventbrite.com. Participants will receive a free T-shirt and refreshments.