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I have noticed, over the last seven years living here in Austin, that the culture of driving has become less courteous, more rushed, more honking, etc.

It seems that a source of this shift may be the many, many people who are not from Texas who have moved to Austin very recently. These new residents  come from different driving cultures all over our country.

I am writing to suggest that the Transportation Department strategically place signs around Austin with the gentle reminder, "Drive friendly, the Texas way." 

When I moved to Texas seven years ago, this simple and lovely message encouraged me to improve the friendliness of my driving. I feel that, if drivers new to Austin see this heartfelt message during their daily commute, they will be more likely to take it to heart themselves.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.  Please, if you would, pass along this message to any appropriate parties.

My hope is that Austin, as it grows so very rapidly, may preserve the small-town culture of courteous, friendly driving that I encountered when I first moved here. 

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John Bowers 12 months ago

A sign saying to "be nice" doesn't do much... We need signs suggesting proper road etiquette to prevent people from getting frustrated... too many slow drivers in the left most lanes for starters... put up some signs recommending slower traffic to keep right... these sort of signs do wonders on Interstate 10 where they are located/enforced. If people followed road etiquette traffic would be much better and people would be much happier... need to solve the problem, not tell people to be nice lol

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John Bowers 12 months ago

Though I agree the traffic is getting more and more frustrating. Signs saying "Drive friendly, the Texas way" to people not from Texas likely wont do much right? We need signs with road etiquette suggestions to improve the flow of traffic and thus limit the amount of frustration from drivers. Solve the problem, don't state it. You are totally right about the mood of drivers getting worse quickly though.

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Maggie Stenz 10 months ago

I heartily agree that there needs to be more signage, but give specific signs re: what you want people to do. Generalities about driving friendly the "Texas way" would just make me laugh, as I don't find Texas drivers to be especially friendly compared to drivers in other states. I have encountered numerous drivers who drive over the speed limit and are not careful of cyclists, for example. So, in that case, signage to obey the speed limit and look out for cyclists are more helpful.

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Carolyn Cornell 2 months ago

This City is prime for a major adjustment to how we get around. The Downtown areas could become walking and bikes (not motorcycles) only with required mass transportation free to everyone. Parking outside the Capital and UT Downtown areas with bus drop off in central Downtown areas. Smaller on and off buses could serve the major avenues and streets.

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