Take it easy, have a slow weekend

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Racing to slow down

The other day, as I pulled out of our neighborhood, my girlfriend commented, “you’ve been driving slower lately.” Thank you, I replied.

First, yes, I do drive. I own a car. Apparently there is some confusion about that amongst some readers of the blog. Second, she’s right, I’ve been driving slower. Or at-least trying to. In a world designed for speed that can be difficult. Wide lanes, wide-sweeping curves, so many lights just about to turn red, and oh, the places I must be, are just a few of things that throw me off the plot. The 4-lane section of Traverse City’s 8th Street is particularly troublesome to keep the Fit at the speed limit of 25-mph. It’s rarely congested and visually wide-open, it’s a half-mile urban-highway right in the middle of the city.

Still, I’m trying. Religiously watching the speed-odometer, staying focused, and taking in more of my surroundings. And, as the following ad-campaign in The Netherlands attests, in the urban environment in our communities, our neighborhoods, commercial mixed-use areas, school zones, there is no excuse to speed when we accept the self-responsibility of not injuring others.

There is no excuse, slow down. You’ll get there. 

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  1. Lane Gardner Milligan
    April 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Did you see the WMCU production that was on TV tonight? related to how some cities are dealing with transportation and safety of people moving around cities? You may have already posted this show on the website…. but it’s on right now 10:40 pm Monday night…..I’m seeing it in TC. If you have not already seen it….you probably have. Just wanted to let you know. Wouldn’t it be great to see something like this in TC…..beautiful.

  2. April 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for the head’s up, Lane. I think you’re referring to the PBS special “Designing Healthy Communities” It is good to know it is running locally.

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