One response to Monday’s litany of shame

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Laura Herd read Monday’s litany of shame and sent in this message:

Here’s why no one in Traverse is paying attention to infrastructure/design planning.

Here’s what happens when you go to 9 & 10’s website and search the word pedestrian.

Of the top 10 on the first page…

7 are about pedestrians being hit
… 3 are about pedestrian safety infrastructure

Out of the full 17 results…

10 are about pedestrians being hit
… 5 are about pedestrian safety infrastructure or design(2 are about the same pedestrian tunnel)
… 1 is safety tips for pedestrian trick-or-treating

The last and final result tells you to walk inside if there isn’t anywhere safe near you (IN NORTHERN F**KING MICHIGAN) to walk outside.

The Inside Scoop: Walking Indoors Keeps You Active Year-Round. Why? …Because your job schedule has changed or home life demands have increased. Perhaps there are no sidewalks, trails or safe pedestrian areas near your home or work.

Point taken.

Why aren’t there safe, comfortable and convenient sidewalks or trails near where we live and work? And, why isn’t that news?

To be fair, UpNorthLive results.

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  1. John Welch
    February 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Here is a thought … want to improve the pedestrian safety, improve the quality of the bayfront experience, reduce noise polution and eliminate the need for tunnels to reach the bay?

    Reduce the speed limit on the Parkway to 25 mph … and enforce it!

    We could adopt a new TC slogan “Slow down … Enjoy the view!”

    And the beauty of the idea is … it would cost little to implement besides the cost of new signage.

  2. February 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Great idea John! I love the new slogan! “Slow down….Enjoy the view!” Brilliant! I’ve always wanted to take it slower on the Parkway. It’s about time we pay some respect to that great resource of ours. I always thought it quite rude to speed past that beautiful bay. Slowing down is what coming north is all about anyway!

  3. Laura
    February 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Plus, we would make BANK on speeding tickets!
    I love the idea John. I live 2.5 blocks from the bay but don’t feel safe taking my young son (and all of our beach gear) across the gantlet.

  4. February 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Agreed – great idea John. TC is spending a lot of money marketing itself as a family and bike friendly place, and while our downtown traffic is highly respectful of pedestrians, that respect vanishes quickly.

  5. February 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    John, that is actually the ultimate goal coming out of the Bayfront plan–Put the park back in the parkway.

    However, it isn’t as simple as changing signs. We need to change the character so that people simply don’t feel comfortable going 35 or 45 through a park. Currently, speed limits are set by the state police and the last thing you want them to do is conduct a speed study for possible change–without first impacting the design–because they could easily raise the speed the limits. For more on how they set speed limits, here is an earlier post: Setting Speed Limits: The 85th Percentile.

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