Complete Streets

I hear a lot about “complete streets,” which sound like a great idea for a wide variety of people. I also hear a lot about traffic light synchronization, which sounds like a great idea…for drivers.

I can see how it would reduce emissions due to idling. I can see how it would benefit me as a driver and a cyclist. But lately I’ve been struck by something: I can’t walk down the sidewalk and make the light at consecutive intersections. Nope, each time I have to wait for the entire traffic cycle. And I get it, someone’s got to wait. But it’s pretty clear that The Powers That Be have never been interested in making it easy to walk in this town. Even in an area that should, allegedly, be fairly high-density in nature.

Seriously. It ought to be easier to cross the street.

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