OSWEGO – The Oswego Common Council has banned the annual bar crawl Bridge Street Run, Monday, in a unanimous decision. This year’s event, which took place on the last day of classes during the spring semester for SUNY Oswego students was riddled with arrests, injury, and even death.
Students were notified this past Saturday that one student was dead and two others had been hospitalized due to alleged heroin use over the weekend. Two more students male and female, were also involved in a trolley collision, after which the male student had to be flown to Upstate Medical Hospital to be treated for internal injuries, while the female suffered minor leg injuries.
Bridge Street Run is a tradition for the City of Oswego and SUNY Oswego students; it represents the closing of every year, and dates back to the 1960s. The day’s and weekend’s events are extremely profitable for the city’s bars. According to Jordan Harmon, a student at SUNY Oswego and a bartender at the bar The Shed, “We will lose business that day, before and after. It’ll be a chain reaction first BSR then Harborfest…which we are SAFE. Bouncers. Checking Ids. The works. The city is under staffed for this event. It’s pathetic to take it out on small business.” Many students and bars have also expressed their negative opinions regarding the decision, such as these found on Twitter and Facebook.
Hashtags such as, #saveBSR and #BSR are already trending in the short time the vote has been decided and most have a negative outlook on the decision for students, local businesses, and SUNY Oswego alumni alike. Others have compared this ban to banning Harborfest, another bar crawl that takes place every summer in the City of Oswego.
Some students however, have taken this decision as a direct violation of an individuals right to freedom of assembly. Student Daniel Eye has shared this on Facebook, seeking action from those who denounce the vote, and seek to change the Council’s mind.
Much debate is to come between the city and its residents. This sort of control may not even be feasible for the City’s Police to enforce but, with students heading home for summer vacation, support to fight the vote may be lacking. WTOP will keep you updated with any more decisions or progress made by local lawmakers.