Comment 103069

By calder12 (registered) - website | Posted July 08, 2014 at 08:51:57 in reply to Comment 103065

I live just East of Sanford. After posting this I went and sat on the porch while my fiancée barbecued dinner. I watched the cars go by, in smallish packs. Most doing right around 50km at a guess, the odd one going faster. You know what I didn't see? I didn't see gridlock, I didn't see anyone weaving in and out of traffic trying to get ahead. I don't see people travelling much faster than the pack often because it's not necessary.

I also cross that street, daily, and very rarely at the cross walk. Do you know why I very rarely walk to the cross walk? Because there's usually no need, unless it's rush hour. At which point I walk to the cross walk and cross safely.

I'm not suggesting that things can't change, in fact in an earlier discussion I suggested that Main and King are perfect places for those Dutch style bus stops. What bugs me, and continues to bug me is the almost attack like mentality and the flawed reasoning. Try it, make a new account and make a reasonable comment that is in contradiction to the general consensus of the users here. You might be surprised at the reaction.

For the record I spoke to someone, in person, who claimed to be an eye witness to the accident. The road had nothing to do with what he described. It could have happened anywhere and if it were a smaller residential street it could have had much worse consequences.

Could Main and King be slowed down? Probably. Do they need to be 5 lanes? No not really. Is everything bad that happens on them because of one of those two thing? No, of course not. But you can be damn sure that it will be used as a reason for the proponents of slowing it down and taking away lanes because it suits their agenda. THAT is what annoys me, and this site, and more specifically it's commentors are very guilty of this kind of campaigning. It takes away from the validity of the argument and it gets peoples backs up. Immediately you know, you aren't guessing you know, that people are going to try and make the facts fit their argument and it makes everything they say sound the same. It's like the discussion we were having on Twitter recently and somehow the fact you can't cross on the west side of Dundurn was speed related.

If you want to be taken seriously in these concerns then use cases that fit your concerns.

PS. You know which drivers DO concern me in front of my home? HSR drivers that consistently drive too fast for the conditions and have actually splashed my front windows (15ish feet from the road) during the rain. Something a car or truck has NEVER done.

Comment edited by calder12 on 2014-07-08 08:53:15

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