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By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted August 30, 2016 at 12:54:28
I have a comment: Patience level of drivers
There are drivers find it fun and calm to drive slowly through the cacophony of downtown core, just merrily inching slowly forward and enjoying the sun, glancing at the scenery, incidentally noticing new businesses.
And there are drivers find it highly stressful, the sensory overload, rushing for an appointment, being used to a quicker drive in the past, and getting annoyed at the longer drive, accelerate quickly to the next car and stop quickly, etc.
There's a continuum in between.... One big side effect of converting an arterial (50kph) into a local road (30kph) is the status quo and change feels difficult. For the scenario of a theoretical King 30kph local car lanes next to LRT (slower speed compensating for the moving cars being more frequent adjacent to revitalized King sidewalks) it will likely piss off a lot of impatient drivers who haven't yet chosen to be patient or taking alternate routes -- it can take a long adjustment period (people taking other routes, e.g. widened RHVP, adjusted Barton, etc).
Hopefully the construction detour period is well-designed to let people become used to alternate routes.
Driving my car through a clogged revitalized business corridor is generally preferable (for me and a huge many others) than driving a stop-n-go rush-hour 401, but this may not be the case for every single individual, in what situations they get stressed during driving.
Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2016-08-30 12:59:07
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