Decatur Street used to be a breeze, but that was before the city of Atlanta decided to mess up a good thing by eliminating lanes and installing awkward medians. And of course they failed to adjust the traffic signals, which rarely turn in unison (a problem throughout the city, especially on Piedmont).
“Smart growth” advocates laud the slimmed-down roadway, but they deal in theory, not fact. Because of them, Decatur Street has become yet another rush hour bottleneck.
As for those who claim the thoroughfare was a death trap for Georgia State students, maybe they should teach those students to obey traffic signals. Don’t walk means stay on the fucking sidewalk!
Even more annoying is the arrogance of “pedestrian advocates” who believe inconveniencing commuters is always good public policy. “If people want to commute by car, or feel like they have to commute by car, that’s their problem,” said PEDS director Sally Flock, who probably works out of her house.
I hold no ill will to bikers, but many of them have inherited a smugness that’s half past obnoxious. “Sharing the road” works both ways — or am I the only one annoyed by bicyclists who insist on pedaling down the middle of crowded streets.
I’d prefer mass transit alternatives, but there’s few presently available. Regardless, some of us working class types have jobs that require mobility. We shouldn’t be punished by bad city planning and people who wear uncomfortably snug spandex shorts.