October 9, 2011
What should be done about drivers passing buses illegally at the intersection of Newcastle Way and Coal Creek Parkway?
I think they need a legal way to do it so they don’t end up obstructing traffic that may be backed up onto Coal Creek Parkway.
Make it not illegal. That “intersection redo” is the biggest waste of taxpayers’ money I have ever seen. Move the bus stop back to in front of HomeStreet Bank.
Gary and Suzi Beerman
The bus stop should have been designed to have a deeper pullout area to get the bus out of the traffic flow, with a merge lane. This intersection and stop should have been a “hub” stop for the area defining itself as our city center. The City Council needs to address this without effecting traffic flow.
Should speed humps be used in Newcastle neighborhoods to slow traffic down? Why/why not?
I’d rather we invest in speed displays to build awareness. Speeding is more pronounced on arterials where speed humps are not practical.
No. Let’s spend the money for sidewalks on 89th from 116th to Coal Creek and on 121st Avenue Southeast from 89th to 91st Street. Those are just two possibilities.
They can help significantly if not too abrupt and at a pedestrian crossing. Plus, they are fun to ride over on a bicycle — especially on a downhill.
I guess I would ask the question do they really work? Are they worth the price in dollars and ruined car air dams?
Gary and Suzi Beerman
No. I have to pass over several to get to and from my house now and they are VERY annoying. I have to slow to well below the speed limit for these. If the goal is to get traffic to go 10 mph then post that as the speed limit … chicanes are a much better solution.
Speed bumps slow traffic effectively. The wider, well-signed and diagonally striped bumps are comfortable for riders and acceptable for emergency vehicles. More of these should be on arterials, especially on roads without bike lanes or sidewalks. The “turtle-back” speed bumps hinder snow clearing and EMT vehicles and physically jar older citizens.
What was your favorite part of Newcastle Days?
The morning Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk becoming part of the fun!
The performance by Cornerstone Dance Studio!
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