Comment 93769

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted October 26, 2013 at 11:56:16 in reply to Comment 93748

Nicely put, your comment sums up many of the frustrations I share but didn't know how to articulate well.

And where was the education component to prepare drivers as to proper road etiquette when making right turns or having to cross the bus lane?

I'm lucky enough not to have to travel that stretch, but from what I did see the road paint is a bit sloppy and ghetto. Some much more effective road markings could probably have been designed, even arrows. Some thought and care could have resulted in beautiful road markings that are easy to follow.

Both in planning and construction, much of the work done reeks of a lack of passion and lack of care. My impression is that nobody in city hall or on the work crews really has a passion for their work, nor feels pride in a job well done. I could be wrong, don't mean to speak presumptuously, but it's definitely how it comes across. From all the half measures Vienna described above, to the holes in the road smashing my bike to pieces, to little things that escalate a passage from already difficult to treacherous, the whole thing still feels a bit ghetto. For example all the guys fired recently for stealing time instead of doing road work, meanwhile there's some dangerous potholes and ruts not getting any attention.

Recently the culture seems to have just begun to change. This is beautiful to see and hopefully it is just the beginning of a culture of results, caring, and pride in the planning and work that gets done.

Matthew, it is encouraging to hear young engineers such as yourself coming into the field, that actually commute multi-modally and can appreciate a city from various perspectives that people experience it. As you mature in your profession don't forget where you came from, stay active! We need progressive people making our cities better, safer, and cleaner!

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