Learning to “Walk this way”
To the editor;
Regarding your article, “Leggett and Riemer unveil new pedestrian plans,” (07/07/2016) the problem of pedestrians being in danger is caused by drivers not following the Maryland state law that they must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
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In Montgomery County being in a crosswalk is extremely dangerous because of drivers’ disregard for the safety and lives of the people walking in them. As we cross the street in cross walks, drivers – especially when making a left-hand turn – cut us off, weave between us and head straight toward us, leaving it to the pedestrian to save his or her own life.
Drivers also commit other dangerous and inconsiderate behavior such as making right-hand turns just as pedestrains are leaving the sidewalk, stopping in the middle of the crosswalk at a red light and not backing up, and making a right on red without coming to sa stop beforehand.
Therefore any education campaign should be directed toward drivers. Drivers should also have their license revoked for not stopping for someone in a cross walk – and that means stopping – not merely slowing down or going around the pedestrian.
Therefore the county needs to educate drivers about their obligation. Additionally, during the time the crosswalk signal indicates that it is time for pedestrians to cross the street, the traffic lights for cars should be red and vice versa.
More about paradise and parking lots
To the editor;
Raise your hand if you like to sit in morning rush hour traffic. Raise your hand if you think preserving green space in our urban environment is NOT important. Raise your hand if you hate Rock Creek. Raise your hand if you don’t like for your elected officials to offer you a chance to be a part of decision making.
If you did not raise your hand at all during that intro, raise both of your hands now and pick up pen and paper, the phone, or position your hands on your keyboard and start typing.
If you have not yet heard, a school bus depot must be moved from its current location to make way for new development. MCPS plans to shove 400 buses (and the cars of many of the bus drivers) onto the Blair G. Ewing property on Avery Road in Rockville.
A few points:
• A threat to water quality: the grade, slope and proximity to Rock Creek make this a TERRIBLE location for increasing impervious cover. Gas tanks and pollution settling on the hard paved surfaces, and then rushing off them so close to parkland and Rock Creek will surely mean degraded stream buffers and water quality impacts.
• A threat to air quality, this is one area of the County (within the City of Rockville) where trees are doing what they do best, cleaning up the air we constantly pollute. Removing trees from the City’s Forest Conservation area and adding pollution via hundreds of idling buses is environmentally irresponsible.
• Severe Traffic Impact: Norbeck Road is already a parking lot most mornings. Adding 400 buses and bus driver-owned vehicle traffic will make traveling on Norbeck a traffic nightmare for the morning and afternoon commutes.
• Loss of City of Rockville athletic fields and Maryland Department of Natural Resources green space. Most nights and weekends in summer, spring and fall, the ball fields and play space are loaded with City and County residents of all ages engaging in healthy activities. Why must residents be forced to find alternative recreation sites? The green space is some of the last of its kind in our urban area. How will we replace it?
• Taxpayer waste and much needed school funding: As our schools face severe cuts and extreme overcrowding, how can we even think of tearing down a school and spending millions to study then retrofit the space?
Please shout, whisper, sign, text, tweet, post, or do an interpretive dance. Just be heard. Tell your elected official, tell your neighbor, tell your PTA, tell your barber, tell your dog walker. Tell anyone and everyone who drives on Norbeck Road, anyone who enjoys jogging or walking through parkland, anyone who finds value in preserving nature, or anyone who feels like being involved in what happens to their tax dollars. Tell them ALL that MCPS is misbehaving and we will all pay for it again and again until we hold them accountable and pressure them to make more environmentally and fiscally sound development choices. Please, be heard. Demand an alternate location for the bus depot relocation. Tell MCPS to find an already developed space that is not currently being utilized and make it better.