Somerville Speakup Line: Code vs. ART: Straight Lines Save Lives But By Now Even Viagra Can’t Re-stand Their White Pole Failure

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

Attached are some pictures of the city's new IDEA (ART, no engineering 
or codes involved) on controlling traffic.

Common sense: Straight lines make for less accidents.  That's a common 
starting point for civil engineering roads.  The city's new ideas = 'Art 
vs. Code'...Looks pretty on paper, hurts people in real life.

Codes are designed to allow steering radius of emergency vehicles & to 
prevent accidents between more than one lane of traffic. The roads are 
too tight for these 'paper-pretty' designs.

Our cities have decided to implement accident-prone designs. Kick-out 
curbs are a BIG ONE.  Cyclists have to steer around them, right into 
traffic.  These latest white poles (replacing the more expensive color 
ones that were broken over winter); 90% of them are mowed down BECAUSE 
firetrucks, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks & such cannot get around 
them.  I believe their new IDEA is suffering from an erectile 
dysfunction disorder.  See attached pictures.

The two at Rogers Ave are still standing because they're too close for 
most vehicles to wedge between.   They've seen no action, completely 
blocking the intersection; unless you want to damage your car.

Street codes & ordinances are engineered for a reason.  Our city 
officials have none of this knowledge, choose not to apply it if they 
do;  are  placing people at risk of injury or death; don't use 
calculators & keep painting it up w/pretty colors as they make DARK & 
deadly art of our streets.

Each of these white poles costs ~$250/each, plus labor of 4 guys to install.

Then add the double-police details at $800/hour/each at every corner.

Then add this 'new plan' for Powder House Blvd.  It will only add more 
chaos & create more danger to ALL PARTIES.   We, the taxpayers, will pay 
for the screw-up of a plan & the re-design of a probably more screwed up 
plan down the road.  How many people will pay with their lives or injury 
as our city planners ignore VERY WELL STUDIED & PROVEN ENGINEERING & 
CODES???

See picture of Tufts solution to avoid some of the problem.  Half the 
problem is the population expecting people to stop.  The other half is 
simplifying intersections so they can register the bright light & 
crosswalk.

One simple plan: blinking lights ABOVE each cross-walk intersection 
triggered by the button or motion sensor.  AND, instructions like Tufts 
has painted on sidewalk to remind people to look before crossing.  
AMAZING, we live in a world that has to teach this to adults.

ALL OF THESE alleged improvements have created more accidents and 
deaths.  No traffic studies were done to gauge the effects of additional 
traffic on Dane Street, Park Street, etc.  If they had, parking would be 
banned & bikes would be re-routed from these streets.  The new route for 
buses WILL cause accidents & at least a few deaths before they decide to 
acknowledge these ENGINEERED, written in code BAD decisions.

In the meantime, the taxpayers will be stuck paying off the lawsuits our 
irresponsible city planners have created.  By the designs they're using, 
I believe they WANT the accidents & news crews.

Bottom line: if you own property or drive in this city, you have a 
target on your back for liability in someone else's stupidity.

Hope you're well & we appreciate you shining light on their deceit & 
darkness.

Thank you! 




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