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Letter: Traffic-calming measures will make city streets safer

Traffic-calming measures will make city streets safer

As The News recently reported, a number of city residents shared their concerns about traffic and safety issues on city streets with Common Council members for over an hour at a recent meeting.

GOBike Buffalo applauds those who took time out of their day to make the case for safer streets, better traffic enforcement and consideration for all who use our streets. As an organization that advocates for improvements on our streets and public spaces with consideration for all types of commuters (not just bicyclists), we are pleased to see residents share their concerns with leaders.

Enforcement of traffic laws is a vital component to discouraging speeding and other traffic violations. There are also ways to calm traffic by considering the built environment when roads and public spaces undergo construction and even maintenance. As part of our advocacy of Complete Streets, we encourage the adoption of proven traffic-calming measures, such as curb extensions, narrower lane widths, bike facilities and street trees, to slow traffic and ensure safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

We encourage our local leaders to lead the charge for including smart, pedestrian- and cyclist-focused street design in their respective communities. We also encourage more residents to continue to advocate for safer streets by contacting elected officials and calling 311 to report traffic and safety issues. Becoming a member of GOBike Buffalo also helps us to continue our advocacy work to create safe streets in Buffalo. Together, we can lift our voices to ensure that all residents can feel safe on our roadways!

Justin Booth

Executive Director

GOBike Buffalo

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