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May 11, 2004 > Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I would like to comment on an article which appears in the April 27 issue after first thanking you for publishing the newspaper. You do an excellent job of highlighting people, issues, and events which may not make the other papers, and I read your work with real pleasure and interest.

The article I am commenting on has to do with traffic circles, in this case the one on Eggers, where I often drive. I am in favor of the traffic circles, for several reasons- they do, in fact, calm traffic by forcing it to slow down, at the least. The more law abiding may also stop at the sign, but everybody slows down, a positive result. Further, traffic circles require that drivers focus on driving, not operate on automatic while they talk on the phone, or in some other way allow themselves to be distracted. In addition, circles create an opportunity to add some beauty to the environment in the form of trees and flowers. And, if that tree forces a driver who can't see everything at a glance to proceed slower, so be it; that's what "calming" traffic is all about. And, finally, traffic circles may replace speed bumps, to me the most annoying and humiliating "calming" device yet devised, and the most prolific. Note that there are no speed bumps on Eggers. If that is due to the traffic circles, great. Let's have more!

I don't know what to say about drivers who can't figure out how to make a left turn at a traffic circle except to say that we have too many automobiles on the roads. God save us from those folks.

Michael Bryant
Newark

 
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