Traffic pattern = more and more cars and less everything else?

Traffic pattern


State must support transit alternatives

The Sun's editorial "Traffic pattern" (Nov. 13) accurately shows how seriously Marylanders take the state of our transportation system and lament the resulting deterioration of our quality of life. Yet government regularly responds to transportation issues with reruns of "solutions" that have led to our current quagmire of bigger funnels that force more cars into the same size hole.

Marylanders are clearly willing to look to innovative approaches that go beyond costly cookie-cutter road "improvements."

Higher gas prices over the past few months and the corresponding drop in gas consumption send a message that should not be ignored: Marylanders can and are willing to change our transportation behavior. Residents are looking for alternatives to cars, turning to public transportation, bicycling, walking or car-pooling.

It's time for our leaders to take advantage of this behavior change by encouraging us to break the car-only mold. The state must energetically promote transportation alternatives, including a comprehensive and reliable public transportation system with links between services, as well as better bicycling facilities.

The quality of life benefits would include less traffic and reduced emissions, as well as more opportunities for healthier living.

Marylanders have identified the transportation problem and demonstrated the need and desire for transportation alternatives.

Our leaders should show the same vision and ability to change to meet the transportation needs of our state.

Paul Lebow

The writer is president of One Less Car, a statewide group advocating transportation alternatives to cars.

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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