I want to apologize to the woman speeding through up Ridgewood Ave. and turning on to Broad Street. I refused to back out of the crosswalk so you wouldn’t have to stop. And, like many drivers, you must believe that streets are only for cars and that pedestrians have an obligation to keep out of your way.
You were shocked that I didn't step back to the curb so you could pass, but instead kept walking through the crosswalk.
Let's face it, the traffic situation in the central business district is so bad that, as [former Ridgewood News Staff Writer] Michael Sedon reported, when the police staged a crackdown they had to cancel it because they couldn't keep up with the violations!
Bad police decision.
We need to do something about the CBD scary traffic problems. And the steps are pretty simple.
Enforce the traffic laws. (The fines will more than pay for the extra police work.)
Put a stoplight at Ridgewood and Walnut. (I know the secret oath every Village council member has to take says, "I will never approve of a light in the CBD on Ridgewood Ave".)
But enough is enough. We need it and there is no reason not to have it.
We could and should go further.
- Set a 15 MPH speed limit on Ridgewood Ave.
- One way traffic. Diagonal parking.
- Good policy.
All these changes–which wouldn't cost us a dime and actually would make us money which could be used to lower taxes–are easy to make.
Why won't the council act? Why wouldn't the 27 or so councils before act?
Why can't we have a light on Ridgewood Ave in the CBD?
Why can't we limit speed, direction, and allow more parking?
Maybe we need a “Occupy Ridgewood” chapter.
But, seriously, we all can agree that we need changes now.
We can all agree that the chief saying he can't afford downtown enforcement is wrong. We can't NOT afford downtown traffic law enforcement.
The time for action is now before someone else gets hurt or even killed just trying to cross the street without apoligizing.
Shame on the village for not acting now!