Traffic lights are only one solution to problem
Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 11:28 am
Re: “Traffic light at intersection would protect children’s safety,“ Letter Jan. 16
I am not the typical person to write to a local newspaper. To be honest, I’m more of a passive aggressive type that might sit back and complain from the sidelines.
However, in this case, I thought it was necessary for me to express my opinions regarding the recent Letter to the Editor from Airdrie resident Matthew McCann in his article published on Jan. 17, titled ‘Traffic lights at intersection would protect children’s safety.”
Let me first say that I absolutely agree with Matthew in the fact that our children’s safety should be our No. 1 priority.
I too have young children who live in Bayside and am concerned about the actions of some who are compromising our kids’ safety.
However, I do not believe that putting in traffic lights is the answer. As a ‘born and raised’ Calgarian, one of my frustrations with that city was that it seemed their solution to every traffic problem is to put up another set of lights. Frankly, this is one of the attractive things to living in Airdrie; it’s easy to get around because there aren’t traffic lights on every corner.
Traffic lights are one means, and I stress one means of controlling traffic. I would ask that our council consider alternative options as traffic control measures.
Having lived in the UK for a few years, I can tell you that they have a much more effective system of controlling traffic with far more vehicles on the roads.
Traffic circles allow traffic to flow during peak and off-peak times.
My concern with having traffic lights at Bayside Boulevard and Yankee Valley is that when it’s off peak times (not during school drop offs and pickups) traffic would be stopped to yield to oncoming traffic that isn’t there. It slows down the traffic flow.
We are already going to have traffic lights at Yankee Valley and 24th Street; the last thing we need is another set of traffic lights.
I don’t profess to have all the answers, but I implore our City council to use some of the creative solutions they promised during their recent election campaign.