Comment 54224

By SpaceMonkey (registered) | Posted January 01, 2011 at 16:01:02

John, I totally agree that speed plays a role in the safety of roads. I don't think the speeds of our roads should be any higher than they already are and should likely be slower in some areas. I agree that the speed should be tamed on some of the sections on some of our one way streets. In some areas, converting to two way might be the way to go, on other areas, I think our one way streets are essential to maintain and other measures could/should be used. I believe that the time of people getting in their car and going for a drive for the pleasure of it has long passed. Sure there are is a small group of people who go out for pleasure drives, maybe in a vintage car or out in the country on a Sunday, but I don't think that has anything to do with the traffic we see on our one way streets. So, if people are in their cars, because they need to be, I'm wondering who you think will not drive in things are made much less efficient for them? Perhaps one would say that people would make 1 trip to the grocery store every two weeks instead of every week? Is that the logic here? Perhaps some would say that people would take the bus instead or the LRT (if built) instead. I would argue that making the roads less efficient would make the bus trip just as slow although LRT might be an option. If we had a Highway that ran E/W anywhere near our downtown, I would be much more open to the idea of mass two way conversion. Without it, I think it remains important.

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