Now that the potholes are nearly patched on High Street*, it’s time to notice how the traffic flows.
Cars are still barreling along.
Vehicles are still impatiently hustling along.
BUT SOON THE BIKE LANES ARE GOING TO GET RE-PAINTED.
Shortly after, watch closely the traffic and the general flow of the vehicles.
Cars navigating down a narrow road will almost automatically slow down. Confident bike riders will be a constant sight and will contribute to the general slowdown. With less pavement to move around, the vehicles will do less swerving.
As seen in the past when the bike lanes were in good condition, High Street will cease to be our second most aggressive drag strip. (Low Street is our first.) And will become as it should be, our Grand Boulevard, safe for bicyclists, pedestrians and yes, even vehicles.
I once lived on our premier street and the place I lived in had the bedroom up next to the road. When I obtained this space, I felt like all the up and coming locals who worked hard so they could get the privilege to live on “High Street”. As excited as I was, it didn’t take long before I was horrified by the sounds emanating from those front windows. Everyday it sounded like the brick yard at the Indy 500…and we were diagonal from the High School!
It won’t be a fancy engineering firm or expensive consultants which will discover the traffic benefits of the bike lanes.
We’ll all soon notice it.
* Yes, thank you DPS and the City of Newburyport – you took way too long but it is appreciated!!!