As a driver I would find traffic calming measures inconvenient. As a parent I say bring on the speed bumps, the bump-outs, the pedestrian-activated signals.
By Michelle Martin
Published January 26, 2015
My undergrad daughter was the victim of road rage on Saturday, right here in our neighbourhood.
No, she doesn't drive. None of our older kids do, it's too expensive to insure themselves and, frankly, not worth it to them. They just wouldn't have unfettered access to either family automobile as both their father and I need them every working day.
So they all rely on the HSR (or the TTC) and their own two feet to get places.
No, at the time of the road rage incident she was not driving. She was walking home from the closest #5 Delaware bus stop and crossing the street at a stop sign, having looked all ways and ascertained that the fellow stopped across the intersection had seen her.
She proceeded across at her usual pace - in my experience it is a pretty energetic one - which turns out not to have been fast enough to satisfy this motorist.
I'm not sure why - perhaps he was challenged by her looming 5 foot 4 inch frame and felt he had no choice but to defend himself. You never know what a young person with a knapsack and a Timmie's in her hand is capable of.
In any case, the driver leaned on his horn, drove his car up inches from her, and as soon as she was just past the edge of the front of his car, he sped around her. Point made. An inch or two off, and she would have been dead or seriously injured. But hey, point made.
As a driver, sure, I would find traffic calming measures inconvenient. As a parent, as a pedestrian, as a resident on a street where children walk to school and where many people walk to bus stops, I say bring on the speed bumps, the bump-outs, the pedestrian-activated signals.
Today I'm thinking it wouldn't be too extreme to equip those signals with red light cameras - every last one of them.
The life these measures save may be your own.
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