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Pedestrian friendly in Gowanda

February 3, 2013

By MITCHELL G....

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Christopher

Feb-03-13 7:40 AM

Bravo Gowanda? It takes $650,000 of taxpayer money to clear branches from signs? It takes extra money to shovel out cut outs for wheel chairs? Depending on which road, DOT or the Gownada DPW OUGHT to painting lines as needed, without my help with my tax dollars. "Painting lines for bike lanes"? And did you allow for widening already narrow roads? I hate to tell you, but bikes in most local roadways are dangerous to everyone, and lines won't help. Many people on bikes in roadways almost beg to be run over with dangerous and stupid actions. $650,000 won't help that. And by the way, it shouldn't take extra money to teach children to cross a street. That may be the stupidest reason given for that grant of all of them. PORK!

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judeye

Feb-03-13 8:41 AM

We need to take steps to make it all the local towns and villages and cities more pedestrian friendly.

I walk often in the Village. Many times I am with my two young grandchildren. I cant tell you the number of times we have almost been hit by cars ignoring the law that you MUST stop when someone is in a crosswalk. I make my grandchildren wait until the 'walk' sign comes on. Still, the cars rush through ignoring all, the sign, the laws, and us, the people trying to cross the street.

I have always wondered if they started giving out tickets for violators how quickly this practice would stop. When I lived in NH you hardly had to look when crossing a street if you were in a crosswalk. Everyone knew that if a car went through one when someone was trying to cross the ticket, and the fine, was large. Why not do the same here?

How much money could be saved if more children actually walked to school? Which they could if we had safer walkways.

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ProudToBeUnAmerican

Feb-03-13 9:07 AM

Pedestrians are communists. Buy a car and use it or get out of MY country!

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Christopher

Feb-03-13 9:11 AM

I think they should give tickets out to jay walkers as well. I think a couple of idiots riding 2 abreast on bicycles on Rt.20, blocking traffic literally from the Masonic Lodge to past St. Joseph's church towards downtown ought to be ticketed. How about bicycles routinely driving the wrong way on streets? People in cars need to watch for other cars when turning, DON'T assume they see you as well on the sidewalk!! Those signs saying pedestrians have the right of way have been a disaster!!! People just step out on front of cars and expect them to magically stop on a dime! Hey, I have it!!! Let's put in for a HUGE grant for an elevated pedestrian walkway!!!

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cruisin

Feb-04-13 3:39 AM

Sadly, people who drive seem to think the streets belong to them exclusively and everyone else should just get out of their way. The concept of sharing the street is foreign to them. This is why tax payer dollars have to be spent to re-educate them and to alert them to the fact that there are others who legally use our streets. Just think of how much money we could save if people stopped being so selfish and made an effort to get along.

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Christopher

Feb-04-13 8:35 AM

Crusin..everything you said could be even more appropriately aimed at the average pedestrian and biker I see. Roads ARE predominently built for CARS. Like it or not, it's true. Trying to reengineer roads not originally designed for pedestrian or bike use is dangerous, expensive and unworkable.

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DarkStar

Feb-04-13 8:43 AM

While I agree this is pork, to others opposing this I'd ask, how is this any different then the CDBG that Dunkirk was bragging about a couple weeks ago, which few here spoke against?

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timeisthefire

Feb-04-13 10:00 AM

Its the drivers responsibilty to be aware of all the surrondings while driving ,not just other cars.Teach children how to cross the road is a pretty lame comment.And as the other commentor stated if the $ $ was being spent in DK or Fred would be so negative...

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timeisthefire

Feb-04-13 10:01 AM

Its the drivers responsibilty to be aware of all the surrondings while driving ,not just other cars.Teach children how to cross the road is a pretty lame comment.And as the other commentor stated if the $ $ was being spent in DK or Fred would be so negative...

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timeisthefire

Feb-04-13 10:01 AM

Its the drivers responsibilty to be aware of all the surrondings while driving ,not just other cars.Teach children how to cross the road is a pretty lame comment.And as the other commentor stated if the $ $ was being spent in DK or Fred would be so negative...

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DarkStar

Feb-04-13 10:37 AM

timeisthefire,

Yes it is, but the reality is people on walking/biking can create a hazard even a fully alert driver will be unable to avoid.

As for the "crossing the street" comments, I think your overlooking their meaning. Basically we have a rural community which gets a pile of tax dollars for safe walking because well, it's a rural community.

The facts are when you choose to live in rural areas there are some things you will have to do without, as opposed to living in a city or larger village, and sidewalks are one of them.

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Escapee

Feb-04-13 10:53 AM

Bike lanes are generally a bad idea, especially when they are added as an afterthought. The roads in Dunkirk and Fredonia are not wide enough for bike lanes unless you are going to prohibit parking and stopping on the side of the road. Bike lanes painted in the “door zone” of parked cars are responsible for many accidents by enticing or requiring by law that cyclists to ride way too close to parked/stopped vehicles.

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judeye

Feb-05-13 8:39 AM

Now..how about just plowing the sidewalks in Dunkirk!!

As I went to pick up my grandchildren I noticed that the sidewalks along Bingham rd..where many of the children who live up in that area use to walk home...so where are these children to walk? In the busy road.

Maybe not make bike routes..but can they at least plow the sidewalks for these kids so they do not have to walk through deep snow..or be in the road?

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