Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the changes you have made to Arcola Ave in Montgomery County - adding pedestrian crossings, road islands... I look forward to when the lines will be painted so people will have the chance to understand the new traffic patterns.
As someone who frequently crosses Arcola on foot, I think what you have done is super work and I commend your efforts. The weaving design is actually helpful, since it will ensure drivers pay attention to the road and do not operate their cars on auto-pilot while talking on their phone or hitting the keys on their PDAs.
The bottom line is that Arcola is a feeder to a small bedroom residential community and is / should not be a cut through to commercial traffic. You might even consider putting a dead-end in the middle of it so that residents from one direction have to exit Eastwards and the other end Westwards and completely eliminate the cut-through traffic for good (of course we need to address emergency vehicle access, but I will leave that to the experts).
Talmudic law teaches, and you may have heard this in the movie "Schindler's List" that, he who saves even 1 person, it is as if he saved the entire universe. These changes will not eliminate all risk, and anyone who does not avail themselves of the new crossing points are certainly wrong. However, in general, it will be to your merit, that you will have saved someone's life.
- Joel, Silver Spring