Los Angeles’s Traffic Is a Problem

Letters to the Editor: L.A.’s fundamental traffic safety problem? Road users hate each other! I can’t imagine I’m the first to be shocked by the latest article from the Los Angeles Times. I can…

Los Angeles's Traffic Is a Problem

Letters to the Editor: L.A.’s fundamental traffic safety problem? Road users hate each other!

I can’t imagine I’m the first to be shocked by the latest article from the Los Angeles Times. I can definitely imagine that when I decided to move to the city, I thought, “So California, will it be like the suburbs?”

I was wrong.

Yes, the suburbs are kind of annoying. They do nothing to further the common interest of all residents, and they have the effect of draining all of the tax dollars that could be spent on the roads and mass transit to make life in Los Angeles easier for everyone.

I do like to drive on the freeways as much as possible, and I do like to take the mass transit. My kids love school bus routes (more than they do the subway), and they love school bus stops. (I’m not sure if my wife and I do, but we do.)

But as soon as I found out that drivers of cars don’t always pull over to let schoolbus drivers pass (or that drivers don’t pull over to let people in carpools get to their destinations), I began to feel that I was being treated like a second-class citizen. “Cars are coming!” I’ve been told more than once! “Watch out!” (For no reason other than I’m not the first one to say it!) Or, “Watch out!” when I walk through a pedestrian safety zone on a sidewalk that doesn’t have a crosswalk.

This is just the beginning of a war. It will continue until those involved are willing to respect our needs.

L.A.’s traffic is a fundamental problem. And not just traffic, but a safety problem.

There are two types of streets in Los Angeles: Lanes and Stripes. Lanes are our freeways and streets that are wide enough to accommodate cars and trucks. Stripes, however, are narrow and very crowded.

Let’s start with Lanes. The way I see it, the main issue is that freeways are too wide for cars to cross unimpeded on the side streets. Freeways are also not designed with enough guardrails and other traffic control devices.

The freeways in

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