By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published December 01, 2008
Apparently, the City Traffic department still doesn't get it.
After turning James and John into two-way streets that slowed traffic down, the city is now looking for ways to speed things up.
City staff want the green light to tinker with signals on the two major roads, in order to shave anywhere from five seconds to one minute off driving times during peak hours.
Staff would also like to spend $60,000 to convert four intersections to actuated operation, meaning the light would only change when it's tripped by a road sensor or pedestrian push button.
After the two-way conversion sparked a revival of James N by slowing traffic, the City now wants to speed traffic up again by installing a new 'green wave'! This is despite the fact that many merchants don't want traffic speeded up.
This the same old 'traffic flow trumps everything' thinking that I thought we were moving away from.
The worst part is that the pedestrian actuated lights don't respond to bicycles, so cyclists will face permanent red lights on the East-West crossings (unless they realize that the light is never going to change and they ride up onto the sidewalk and press the pedestrian button).
There should be a moratorium on these 'active' traffic lights until they work out a way for them to detect bicycles.
Will we never learn what makes an attractive and vibrant community?
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