3 roads and lots of worry

3 roads and lots of worry

There are 12 comments on the The Charlotte Observer story from May 21, 2006, titled 3 roads and lots of worry. In it, The Charlotte Observer reports that:

A group of residents is pushing for improvements at an awkwardly designed intersection in rural Davidson.

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Concerned Citizen

United States

#1 May 23, 2006
Quite troubling that the Town of Davidson is spending over two million dollars on completely unnecessary traffic circles when they could be spending $180,000 to save lives. Even more troubling, the town only spends about 2 percent of its budget on fire/rescue protection. What are their priorities?
Traffic circles

Charlotte, NC

#2 Jul 4, 2006
Furthermore, the extremely tight double-lane traffic circles will be very hazardous when both cars AND 53' tractor trailers try to get through. Ingersoll Rand, the largest taxpayer in the county, sends dozens of rigs through those interections daily. Seems like the city leaders are turning their back on an obvious problem that will only get worse.
Davidson homeowner

Dahlonega, GA

#3 Jul 5, 2006
It's a prestige thing....makes the area have a more upper class almost European feel. I love the town but the traffic is getting worse every month and is destroying the character of the community. More thru roads (not dead-ends and cul-de-sacs) would be the best use of the road funds.
Doug D

Charlotte, NC

#4 Jul 6, 2006
Traffic circles are by far more efficient in moving traffic than stop lights, I wished they had been used sooner. As for comparing the cost to other expenses, well you can always do that, what the cost compared to traffic lights and it maintenance over a 10 year span?
jimh

Mooresville, NC

#5 Jul 6, 2006
Doug D wrote:
Traffic circles are by far more efficient in moving traffic than stop lights, I wished they had been used sooner. As for comparing the cost to other expenses, well you can always do that, what the cost compared to traffic lights and it maintenance over a 10 year span?
I agree with Doug. Keep traffic MOVING. Don't stop traffic. Lights are expensive and ineffective.
Resident 2

Charlotte, NC

#6 Jul 22, 2006
Traffic circles wrote:
Furthermore, the extremely tight double-lane traffic circles will be very hazardous when both cars AND 53' tractor trailers try to get through. Ingersoll Rand, the largest taxpayer in the county, sends dozens of rigs through those interections daily. Seems like the city leaders are turning their back on an obvious problem that will only get worse.
Absolutely correct. Makes one wonder about the qualifications required to be a 'traffic engineer' these days, a piece of paper and a pencil?
Resident 2

Charlotte, NC

#7 Jul 22, 2006
Interesting that little "Moscow on the Catawba" spends our money reducing highway width with bike lanes, building paved bike roads, and constricting traffic with inadequately designed and unnecessary traffic circles in their misguided attempt to reduce or eliminate the primary mode of transportation necessary for the American way of life. This brazen social engineering is reprehensible in a Nation built upon individual freedom - not government control. It is time for taxpaying voters to retake control.
jimh

Columbus, NC

#8 Jul 22, 2006
Resident 2 wrote:
It is time for taxpaying voters to retake control.
The taxpaying voters are in control. The residence of Davidson voted for these people. The citizens are getting exactly what they voted for. Traffic circles and all.
Kris Kringle

Charlotte, NC

#9 Dec 30, 2006
Roundabouts or a six lane wide Griffith Street with dual left turns, two massive intersections, long back-ups. Sound familiar? See Exits 25, 28, and 36.
nate

Concord, NC

#10 Jan 3, 2007
Resident 2 wrote:
Interesting that little "Moscow on the Catawba" spends our money reducing highway width with bike lanes, building paved bike roads, and constricting traffic with inadequately designed and unnecessary traffic circles in their misguided attempt to reduce or eliminate the primary mode of transportation necessary for the American way of life. This brazen social engineering is reprehensible in a Nation built upon individual freedom - not government control. It is time for taxpaying voters to retake control.
You mean selective individual freedom, don't you. These citizens have chosen to take control of their town in a manner unseen anywhere else. Like it or not, they voted on these measures. Bicycles, bike lanes, roundabouts were part of their individual freedom choices they exercised. You can spew about reprehensible social engineering all you want, but I think most people will agree that what is really reprehensible is the total failure of the planning/traffic engineering system as applied to exit 25,University City area,etc. And it also applies to your obvious double standard. Park that gas-guzzler and pedal!
bike rider

Columbus, NC

#11 Jan 3, 2007
Pedal......where? There are few sidewalks and bike paths are non-existent. Forget the 'bike lanes' located on some of the roads....congested and aggressive drivers negate this option.
nate

Concord, NC

#12 Jan 4, 2007
bike rider wrote:
Pedal......where? There are few sidewalks and bike paths are non-existent. Forget the 'bike lanes' located on some of the roads....congested and aggressive drivers negate this option.
You can't count on having a bike path and riding on sidewalks is generally against the law. Surprisingly, most drivers are safe and courteous, and riders should be to. The roads are wide enough for all if used correctly by all parties. I see rude riders, and rude drivers occasionally. That is a personal choice and a character issue. Public roads paid for with public money. So no problem if I choose to ride a bike on them instead of a motor vehicle. My problem is with a shrill minority who think that nobody has a right to use public roads except motor vehicles. No pedestrians, cyclists, farmers, etc. It's all about them. They are so car dependant that they probably forgot how to walk. No wonder their arteries are clogged and their blood pressure is spiked. A little fresh air would do them good. And maybe help their attitude. And yes, I do ride on the road.For over 20 years. I take up about 20 inches of pavement just to the left of the white line just like state law says. Packs of riders do not work well with traffic. That is a valid complaint. But don't take that out on me when I'm singled up and giving you 90% of the lane. When a cyclist rolls through a stop or light, he realizes it is in his and the motorists best interest that he move through the intersection quickly. Bikes don't compete well with cars at intersections and that is where a lot of confusion occurs. I hear some driver's complain about it, but the fact is it's better for everyone if done with care. Who is going to get the worst end of a car/bike collision. No brainer. If cars roll thru lights and stops, that is when the real serious stuff starts. A bit of a double standard I admit. But for a good reason. If you don't ride, you probably wouldn't see it that way. And yes, I do drive. But I think biking, walking and other pedestrian means are critical to our health and sanity as well as trying to finally move away from our car-based, oil guzzling transportation system.

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