Roundabouts provide an effective alternative
Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 11:08 p.m.
Tim Lockette (Jan. 23) wrote an accurate and balanced article about the pending roundabout at Depot and Main; but The Sun used a headline, "Slow traffic ahead," that struck me as biased and inflammatory.
You could have picked more accurate words for the headline such as: "Less congestion ahead," or "Safer intersection ahead," or "Smoother traffic flow ahead."
Instead, The Sun printed a politically-charged headline designed to trigger a knee-jerk, negative reaction from frustrated motorists who have learned to mimic NASCAR drivers and expect government to build and maintain high-speed wide streets for their driving pleasure and convenience.
This community has been blessed with intelligent and open-minded elected officials who have allowed our traffic professionals to use the most effective tools to redesign our streets and intersections throughout the community. Roundabouts and other traffic-calming features are effective; they eliminate choke points that cause congestion, reduce accidents and improve traffic flow.
Widespread public acceptance of roadway design concepts and alternative fuels and clean vehicle technologies needed to break our addiction to self-imposed harm will only happen when the public is fully informed of all the facts associated with our love affair with single passenger vehicles as currently designed and used.
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