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THE letters page last week reflected the wretchedness of traffic management in York.
The theme was cuts in bus services, lack of information about alternative bus services, planned road works or emergency provisions during a flood.
In past months the letters could have been all about the jams caused by new traffic lights or the knock-on effects of a rat run road closure, needless 20mph zones in one area, the absolute necessity for traffic calming in another. The list is endless.
Traffic systems are complex and hard to predict. Planners simplify by forcing all vehicles on to a few major arteries. This gives the ability to experiment and see if the outcome is positive or negative.
Either way, the few clogged arteries now justify the existence of a traffic management team. Meanwhile the locals are stuck in jams with the tourists because the short cut they once took has concrete bollards across it.
As for traffic calming – how can building inefficiencies into any transport system be good? And if you really must, why waste money on speed bumps? Simply stop maintaining the road and in a winter or two the pot holes will calm the traffic for free.
Dave Austin, Wentworth Road, York.
• A RECURRING theme in letters is that of transport. Driving in York, parking in York and waiting for buses in York. Valiant attempts are made to persuade residents to travel on foot, by bike and by bus. However, the first step must be to ensure we have an efficient, reliable bus service. There are two major problems with First – buses running late and buses being withdrawn at short notice.
I was staggered to learn that inspectors work from an office and never go out to the situation on the roads. Not only that, the office in question is not in York but serves a large area of Yorkshire. No wonder we have such a shambolic situation. In a busy city, it is inevitable that buses will run late from time to time. However, if we had inspectors on the ground, they could transfer passengers from these late-running buses to the bus behind. The late bus could then miss out part of its route in order to make up time. When are the authorities in this city going to take action about the appalling public transport system York residents have to endure?
Brenda Fazikas, Broome Close, Huntington, York.
• RECENTLY I have read and heard a lot about road safety and how cars can be slowed to 20mph everywhere.
I cannot believe anyone with a car can really support this. Cars are so safe now and can practically stop as fast as you hit the brakes; really the problem is parents who don’t wish to take responsibility for their own children by teaching them proper road safety.
I drive around all over, the problems I see constantly are young kids riding BMX bikes in unsafe ways two or three abreast, never looking behind them or signalling when they wish to turn right.
Worse still, and something responsible parents should take notice of, is most of these bikes don’t have brakes on them.
Isn’t it illegal not to have brakes? Is it safe to have no brakes?
These bikes can exceed 20mph but with no brakes how can they stop in an emergency? They cannot.
So why do parents allow their children to ride the bikes on the road?
Jack Spratskie, Alexander Road, Huntington, York.
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