Letter: Dealing with the traffic gridlock

Rush-hour traffic jams to and from the eastern districts are commonplace. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Following up on the several suggestions for solving our traffic gridlock condition, I would like, first of all, to endorse the government’s decision to finally extend the East End bypass road. Hopefully it will get going sooner rather than getting delayed by the usual government gridlock.

Even when this road gets started, I estimate it will take at least a year for completion. In the meantime, all our commuters from the eastern districts who are the citizens most affected, will continue to endure the problem, if other long-term solutions are not immediately addressed.

My suggestions are the following:

First, I proposed that the government implement a comprehensive school bus system, incorporating all schools, government and private schools. This would relieve the mothers who do the school run every morning. One only had to observe that when the schools are on holiday, the traffic is much less of a problem.

I also propose that there should be a campaign to encourage more households to use motorbikes as a second vehicle instead of two cars. The bike would not necessarily be more than a good model scooter, at least a 125cc in order to be able to ride within the speed limit, and not be a hindrance to regular traffic. This, by the way, is done in Bermuda – their chief justice uses a motorbike to get to work.

One real and immediate advantage of a bike is the considerable saving in fuel consumption and maintenance, in contrast to your gas guzzling vehicle.

To promote the motorbike idea, government should give a duty concession and also help in launching a safe riding campaign, coupled with a campaign to educate the public in safe driving and respect to riders of various vehicles.

My other suggestion is that the government establish proper designated bus stops immediately and make it an offence for the ad hoc minibus drivers to stop wherever they see a potential passenger, sometimes in an area where it virtually blocks the lane dangerously. That minibus matter is a subject for further discussion.

Patrick C. Broderick, Sr.

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