The very 1st lesson your child will probably learn this year? *******DON'T USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION!!!******** I REALLY hate the increased traffic during the school year just like everyone else. Has anybody considered that the number of cars on the road during EVERY SINGLE rush hour, (morning and evening), would be diminished by MILLIONS of cars IF parents just had their children walk, bike or take the bus? The arguments for not taking the school bus are the same ones adults use for not taking the city bus or train or any other form of mass transit. "It's inconvenient." "It's cold/wet/windy out." "I wish there were more stops closer to me." "NOBODY takes the bus but losers." Those same people that do drive their kids right to the front door of the schools will complain about their taxes and how nothing seems to ever get done to eliminate ALL THAT TRAFFIC! Solutions for rush hour traffic in YOUR town? Yes I have a few. 1) Make being dropped at school by Mommy allowed ONLY with a permit for a true hardship. (Severe disability where buses aren't equipped with lifts, etc.) 2) Those students old enough to drive to school can ONLY do so if they have a permit that is granted by PASSING ALL OF THEIR CLASSES the previous year AND during the current school year! NO Pass, NO Drive! (Talk about a POWERFUL incentive for kids to crack their books!) 3) Schools need to spend the money on more bus stops and more realistic pick up and drop off times. Will this cost more? Sure. But the money saved in gas, frustration, accidents, increased costs associated with building more roads with more lanes to handle more traffic and lost wages because of snarled rush hour traffic would MORE than make up for that cost. 4) Where school buses are unavailable then city buses need to increase routes and improve/increase pick-up and drop-off times to fill in the gaps. Who knows, maybe even mom and dad will start taking the bus to work and back which will further reduce traffic, pollution, frustration... 5) Governors and Mayors across the country should mandate that EVERY single government employee take mass transit or quit their job. Every parking spot that is currently being used by government employees could have a meter placed in front of it and used by the public where public parking is typically so scarce. 6) Where possible interstates running through the center of congested cities should be fitted with cameras and made TOLL ROADS for all 18 wheelers and toll roads/loops AROUND the city be made TOLL FREE for those rigs to make city travel safer for everyone....#AUSTIN,TX. PLEASE!!! 7) Major employers should be given tax abatements to have their staffs start work at 7 or 9 am to stagger traffic to non-peak times and deeper breaks for allowing a significant # of employees to work remotely from home. #AustinTrafficProblemsSolutions, #TexasGovernorPayAttention, #AustinMayor, #AustinCityCouncilPayAttention, #TXDOT, TxDOT, Texas.gov, Austin City Council, Round Rock, Texas – City Government, Office of the Governor Greg Abbott, City of Cedar Park, Texas-City Government, Austin, Texas - Your City Government, Pflugerville, TX Municipal Government, City of Georgetown, Texas - Government, City of Hutto, TX – Municipal Government, Txdot, @speakupaustin Speaking of specific local traffic...ALL of the traffic lights on Hwy 360 should be pulled down, the medians restored and instead add extended merge lanes and U-turn lanes which would make giant traffic circles instead of the constant stop and start traffic that plagues 360 now. Imagine never having to stop at another traffic light on that stretch of road!! And the cost? Not that much...really. smile emoticon Following these few, inexpensive, quick, simple solutions we could drastically improve everyone's quality of life immediately. Please share this if you feel the same way. Ken Moench's photo.
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It causes traffic to back up into the intersection, e.g., III Forks' valet parking causes vehicles to back up into the intersection of Lavaca St and W Cesar Chavez St.
It's unsafe how close people park to intersections in neighborhoods such as Bouldin and Dawson -- drivers can't see oncoming traffic around these parked vehicles, and sometimes people drive pretty fast in these neighborhoods.
He went to UT-Austin, and there's an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on this street. It would also be an easy change -- just remove the "t" from "West."
Our street names should make people feel welcome, safe, and accepted in our city.
Growth, gentrification, traffic, loss of affordability - all these things have been hot topics the past couple of years here. It seems that what is lacking is a concept of what constitutes an "Ideal" Austin. A city large enough to provide services and culture, but still distinctly small enough to feel like the city we say we are. Growth for the sake of growth, which has been going on for a couple of decades now, seems to have only one direction, and absent any consensus on when it should stop, this city could become Tokyo. I don't propose any specific policy here, although there are many to put forth, but as a STARTING POINT, let us come to an agreement of what constitutes the population of this town that we see as "Ideal." Not so small that it has no tax base or diversity, not so large that it destroys the very character we claim to have and want. I would say that we have probably hit that number already. Consider that Paris has had a stable population of between 2 and 2.5 million for nearly the past century. Consider that in 1990 Austin was roughly the same population as Atlanta, Georgia, and that now we are TWICE as populated as Atlanta. This rate of growth is not only unsustainable, it is undesirable and uncontrollable. In the past two decades Austin went from being the 25th most populous city in the US to 11th, passing San Francisco and other large metro areas. If growth continues at this pace unmitigated, we could find ourselves number 4 in a couple of decades. Compare that to cities we are often likened to, Portand or Seattle or the like. They have maintained their relative positions over the past quarter century. Both were larger than Austin in 1990 and now are significantly smaller, yet nobody is saying "Oh, poor Portland, what a catastrophe that they aren't growing." Quite the opposite. Quality of life in Portland is by several measures the highest in the country. GROWTH IS NOT ESSENTIAL. Lets establish that fact. Lets establish how big is big enough. And lets put policies in place that point us in that direction. This is a first step, but without an official policy and goal, we will never make any progress.
FIFTY YEARS IS ENOUGH. -- Since the high school was built in 1960, there has been NO safe way for students to walk to school from the neighborhoods to the north and west. The Johnston Terrace area is an "island" with MAJOR Hwy 183 to the east and south, very busy Airport Blvd to the west, and then to the north... WOW. And these kids are also crossing at all hours. Since they walk home after practice and tutoring, too.
They need a lighted bike/ped bridge over the multi-hazard (creek/RR/cliff/woods) between home and school.
http://m.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2015/06/23/oakland-replaces-car-parking-with-street-parklets Seattle and San Francisco already doing this practice
The Drag (Guadalupe St. across from the UT campus) and the streets just west of Guadalupe have become more and more seedy and dangerous to students and visitors to the area. Everyday on my way to and from work, I pass aggressive panhandlers, walk on sidewalks that smell of urine, have HUMAN FECES on them, as well as vomit. The sidewalks and gutters are always full of trash -- the area is absolutely filthy and disgusting. I am so embarrassed that parents who are visiting their kids on campus, as well as tourists, and locals walk these filthy streets. Something needs to be done!
Need 4 stop signs in the area where 12613 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, Tx because there is a shopping center exit/entry and across the street there is a community exit/ entry also it's not a busy street, few vehicles driving by this street but at the same time they are driving with very high speed . I noticed car crush twice in this area , would appreciate if this will be (four stop signs "intersection " )one for the shopping center exit, one for the community exit, and the other two for the two way street of Lamar Blvd . Thanks