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Traffic is quality-of-life issue

I applaud the City Council’s recent decision to require further traffic studies before approving a large development on East Main Street. Considering the needs of all the stakeholders – not just the developer’s – sets an important precedent because it acknowledges the very real problem that we face in Grass Valley – growth, and one of its consequences, traffic.

Recently I was in an automobile accident. I was hit broadside while trying to make a left turn onto East Main. My car was totaled. I went to the emergency room. And I was cited for making an unsafe left turn. Unsafe? Obviously. But “safe” left turns in Grass Valley are becoming increasingly difficult, especially onto East Main.

I’ve heard people say we have traffic problems because more OLD people are driving, or that YOUNG people drive too fast. Others blame the NEW people who just don’t know how to drive here. However, isn’t the significant word “MORE?” Increased traffic volume on narrow streets creates gridlock; frustration promotes risk-taking. So, MORE large new developments funneling MORE cars through downtown will make streets MORE dangerous. Taking traffic issues seriously may produce changes that will improve the quality of life in our town. That’s great!

Shirley Benedick

Grass Valley

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