Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,
Remember the pleasurable days when you could drive thru Powderhouse Sq. and even enjoy the scenic ambience of the rotary?
…Glance at and appreciate the structure of Doherty’s Funeral Home? It’s really quite beautiful and comforting with its stately awnings. But can we now really notice anything other than the queasy, tedious, exhausting chore of driving within the claustrophobic confines of the confusing maze of hundreds of dangerous, intrusive sticks…truly an assault on our vision and perhaps even causing dizziness?
When automobiles were first manufacturedpeople were so excited not just for the thrill and freedom of mobility, but because of the unique motion and pleasure of driving!
I love to drive, and used to enjoy even driving along Broadway to Davis Sq…before many unecessary bike lines and treacherous speed bumps!
If the City didn’t like the way we drive, it should have provided us with positive incentives to improve our driving skills…i.e. city sponsored drivers ed.refresher classes with incentives such as discount restaurant coupons, fascinating seminars and documentaries it’s teaching the history of how the car industry evolved, the courtesy of safe driving skills. Simultaneously, the city could have printed Rules-of-the Road reminder handouts, flyers and handouts at schools, libraries, gas stations, car dealerships, car rental agencies, senior centers, billboards…a comprehensive advertising blitz of positive driving reinforcement tips…NOT punish us and try to make us have accidents, be miserable and feel constantly feel uncertain while behind the wheel.