To the Editor:
Every week in the Boulder Camera at least one morning has a story about a car accident resulting in the death of a person on our city streets.
Whether you are a pedestrian crossing a street in a designated cross walk, a motorcyclist driving through an intersection, a skateboarder, a go-ped driver, a bicyclist, or a runner traversing our city highways, your-well being is at risk.
The safety of our cities streets should alarm us all.
The reasons are simple: too many cars for the design of our current roads, the inability of our streets to accommodate pedestrians safely, and alternative transportation modes inability to coexist with cars.
We need an immediate call to action to address this distressing problem.
Here are just a few suggestions for the City to consider given our current budgetary constraints.
• Instead of flashing yellow lights at crosswalks make them all flashing red
lights and mandatory to use before pedestrians enter any crosswalks- pedestrians need to affirmatively warn cars
• Ticket all bikes that do not obey “all” traffic laws especially with regard to
proper lighting after dusk and their compliance with signage
• Enforce the law of no texting while driving
• Discourage hand held cell phones usage while driving
• Enforce the speed limits on our roads more diligently
• Suggest that all cars and other vehicles including bicycles drive with head
lights on even during daylight hours
• Eliminate all flashing yellow lights for left hand turns (i.e. the double left
turn flashing lights at 30th and Baseline is an accident waiting to happen)
• Better education of defensive driving techniques….
Quality of life in Boulder entails, among other things, insuring the safety of our citizens on our city streets and highways. We need to advocate that this issue is a top city priority.
The city transportation department should get involved with input from concerned citizens, and concentrate on this immediate city challenge!