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It didn’t take long for the community discussion concerning improvements to Trinity to devolve into two lanes vs. four lanes and stoplights vs. roundabouts. Unfortunately, these two lines of discussion miss the important points all together.
The world is changing in fundamental ways we will probably not realize for years to come. It’s important to re-design Trinity to meet the needs it will serve over the next 20-30 years rather than the last 50.
The traffic counts on Trinity are decreasing by significant numbers. When was the last time the major thoroughfare in a town had a traffic decrease? People did not suddenly decide to take an alternate route. Socio-economic trends are causing people to rely less on automobiles. Trinity now serves as a route for public transit and consequently more pedestrians as an example.
Streets are public space. Every citizen, from the mom pushing a stroller to the SUV driver with a cell phone in his ear, should be provided equal level of comfort in that public space. Balancing those comfort levels for all users means decreasing the priority given to cars over the last sixty years. Their speed, proximity to other users, and the priority given to them will have to decrease in some measure. On Trinity, that still means an inconsequential difference in travel times from one end to the other.
I would encourage everyone to take a stroll or bike ride along Trinity before joining one of the sides in the two vs. four lanes and no round-a-bouts debate. If we really want a livable town center, it starts with taming the tons of steel motoring on it simply for the purpose of getting out of town or getting to the job.
If your first thought is that you wouldn’t be caught dead strolling or cycling along Trinity, it really is time to consider serious changes to that road before someone you know is caught dead on it.