|A nice neighborhood street, Glendale, near Bartlett.|
Look at what we've done to our way of life now. Our schools are now filled with children who bus, or ride in the care with their parents. Our downtown and neighborhoods are now just places to drive through. When Mound residents talk about going to enjoy the Dakota Trail, they talk about driving to the trail, to enjoy their walk on the trail. We clutch tightly to the little hands of our daughters and sons as we walk around the neighborhood and beyond, saying continually "look out, there's a car!"
We, as a society, we have forgotten that our streets are not just for cars, and that legally, cars need to look out for us.
every driver of a vehicle shall (1) exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicycle or pedestrian upon any roadwayThis is a terrible cycle we are in now with our children and the outdoors. When our little ones 'misbehave' on the street, we chide them for their behavior, and we wave apologetically to the car that was forced to slow down because of the child's behavior. Then the child grows up staying away from the street. Unable to go to the neighborhood park, or to their friends house unless they are escorted by an adult. Eventually they get the 'privilege' of a car, and they can drive 'safely' in the car where ever they go.
Meanwhile, cars now can drive by our homes on Bartlett Boulevard unimpeded with people, and get to their destination a whole twenty seconds faster. If a person dares enter their domain, they are often ignored, and cars will wizz by not needing to slow down because they have plenty of room to avoid a collision.
|Bartlett Boulevard - A Stroad in the Shirley Hills neighborhood. What value is added to the city by having streets like this?|