Harvard will be first East Coast college to install side guards on its trucks

Harvard University announced Wednesday that it will be the first college on the East Coast to install side guards on its trucks.

The goal of the new initiative is to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety in and around Harvard’s campuses, university officials said. Transportation experts say side guards save lives by blocking the space between the front and rear wheels of a truck, preventing people from being swept underneath.

Representatives from several Harvard departments partnered with the US Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center and worked for more than a year to develop the program, university officials said.

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