The Norman Transcript

Opinion

September 7, 2013

Lindsey Street project should help, not hinder, traffic

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Can you enlighten me as to what the position of the city is in regard to traffic? I always thought that their mission was to expedite traffic, but they seem to feel that it is to impede it.

I didn’t go to talk about the speed humps that are shaking our cars to pieces all over town (if there was any citizen input requested), but I certainly planned to be at the recent meeting for input on the Lindsey Street change.

It seems that there are those who feel that we should beautify the road (at the expense of moving traffic rapidly), but I think that rather than giving people something to look at while they are driving, it would be better for them to watch the road. A median also will deprive the merchants of crossover turns, which bring more customers.

Not many of us enjoy going to the end of the block to make a U-turn to return to their entrances, as we’ve found that we have to do on Main Street. Instead, we just go somewhere else to shop.

We need four lanes on Lindsey without a median so we can pull over and turn into those stores. For beauty, we can go to the parks that Norman maintains or even walk through the OU campus.

One-lane traffic also will cause people to abandon Lindsey as an arterial street and send them instead into residential neighborhood streets parallel to Lindsey; definitely bad for those people who have bought into what they planned to be only a residential neighborhood.

I read that there will be a lane set aside for bicycles and buses. Will that also accommodate us when we have to pull over to allow emergency vehicles to pass? Will the roundabouts also slow the vehicles? I’d hate to have my house on fire or be having a heart attack and have them slowed in approaching my house.

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