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Rochester gets sharrows wrong
I read with interest the letter to the editor by Frank J. Regan, linking cycling to climate change ("Walking, biking for the climate," Feedback).
There is little controversy surrounding the notion that a number of environmental and health issues — among them climate change, heart disease, and childhood obesity — are linked to our dependence on fossil fuels for transportation.
Increased cycling as a replacement is part of a reasonable response.
The common sense view, with which there is also little controversy, is that anything that seems to promote cycling is a good thing for cycling.
However, as government begins to spend significant amounts of money building cycling-specific infrastructure, it will be up to citizens to keep an eye on the new infrastructure and check on whether or not it really is good for cycling.
The ironically named shared-lane markings are intended to be placed in the center of the effective lane, between the wheel tracks, on lanes that are too narrow for a motorist and a cyclist to share side by side. Repeat: They are to be painted in narrow lines, in the center.
In Rochester, these sharrows are being placed in wide lanes, as a sort of faux bike lane without the lane line, and close enough to parked cars to encourage doorings.
This placement suggests a profound misunderstanding of what sharrows are intended to accomplish.
League is one way to get involved
Referencing the article "Question Bridge: Black Males," a person asked if "there's a kind of one-stop-shop for people who want to get involved." I assume he or she means learning about the myriad of issues that impact the community.
Judge Miller's response should have mentioned the League of Women Voters/Rochester Metro as a route to involvement. This is a gender-neutral organization that provides educational forums and offers opportunities to make a difference.
As Mayor Lovely Warren stressed, "People who are not active in government have little room to complain about the system." My years of social activism show that apathy reigns! I urge everyone to get involved in the community to some capacity.
Member of the League of Women Voters/ RMA
The new train station
On "Train station work under way" (News):
Finally! This train station gets used a lot. Travel by train is cost-effective, better for the environment, and a lot more relaxing than driving. I am GLAD they are building a new train station to promote train travel in WNY and beyond. If we only ever focus on our cars and our highways, then we will become isolated from the rest of the country.
Safe bridges and roads are important. And they're working on it. But that train station has needed help for a long time. I am glad they finally got it together and are starting work.
It's hard to know how to feel about this sort of spending on a new train station. I like the idea of Rochester having a nice modern train station, and it doesn't seem right to forever back-burner a new train station just because there's some road or some bridge somewhere in need of repair. There always will be.
Despite whatever shortcomings it has, the current train station has worked for a lot of years and the new one is expensive. Meanwhile the idea of travelling by train is no less than a couple of generations out of date and — notwithstanding the dream of high-speed rail repeatedly trotted out as a Democratic campaign issue — that reality is not scheduled to change.
Amtrak is fine for a weekend trip to New York since it gets you there in good time and because you won't need your car. Passenger rail is an awkward fit for most other travel scenarios for a variety of reasons, mostly centered around car or air travel usually being a better option.
Our readers continue to talk about the scandal at the Rochester Housing Authority (News):
It is enough to say that this is merely the latest incident of scandal involving the Warren administration, her allies, and their mentor.
At worst, she has been aware of what was going on, but didn't count on the public outcry against it. Hence her "concerned" pose, demanding [Adam] McFadden's resignation, which he won't give, and not demanding [George] Moses' resignation.
She is counting on her popularity to allow this thing to blow over, like everything else that has happened this year.
At best, she is like the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and has summoned up demons she cannot exorcise.
Either way, her fitness to continue in the high office she has attained is questionable.
It amazes me how people are so quick to say that McFadden isn't qualified for the position, when few know the extent of his qualifications and are probably clueless of the job description itself. Without knowledge of those two FACTS, people are making assumptions. Here's an idea: What if McFadden IS the best man for the job who just HAPPENS to be a council member and a friend of the mayor? Oh, and let's not forget, he has a HISTORY of serving this community.
For those with so much negativity to spew, what have you done for anyone else lately?
The process described in the article is disturbing on a number of levels. Most tragic is the loss of time, resources, and effort toward providing quality affordable housing to the citizens of Rochester. Pull it together and return to the task of housing creation and maintenance entrusted to the board!