Comment 51628

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:41:54

I know a bunch of people who worked on the 30km/h project in the North End. When they went out into the neighbourhood, they were literally blown away by the public support. This isn't about the city imposing some sort of blanket regulations in response to a study or two - it's about a neighbourhood choosing to do this. And while it might not make residential North End streets as convenient to cut through, that's not the point. It's about making the North End a better place to live. How would South Mountain residents feel if us Nor'enders voted to have a bulldozer "straighten out" a bunch of their streets, so as to make them more convenient for us to drive through?

And as far as traffic calming goes, I think the same rules should apply. I don't agree with a lot of the city's traffic-calming choices. Take a bike ride down Barton and you'll see what I mean - it's a nightmare for novice cyclists as the curb lane constantly "bumps out" forcing you into the other lane. A couple of feet chopped off with a concrete saw would save a lot of frustration and danger.

What's the difference here? Community discussion, debate and consent. We all need to come together, share perspectives, and find something that works for everyone, not just imposing ideas that "sound good".

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