One-way is best
Jul 01, 2018 | 7366 views | 0 0 comments | 390 390 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

The Department Of Transportation's plan to convert some Maspeth two-way streets to one way is long over due.

So many streets in the neighborhood are too narrow for two-way traffic. These same streets have a high incidence of accidents, many of which go unreported.

There are streets where two cars can barely pass safely, and if a truck or a bus is coming you have to pull over somewhere to let them pass.

A one-way street also gives a driver extra time to react if a pedestrian or a child darts into the street, as well as gives room to pass a bicyclist safely.

Look at the one-way streets we have today. Years ago, they were two way, can you imagine them being two way again? They were converted for a reason: safety.

Yes, it is an inconvenience for some, but safety should come first. If you are afraid cars will speed, speed bumps could be the answer.

As a lifelong resident of Maspeth and a driver for over 50 years, I feel safer driving around Manhattan than on the side streets of Maspeth.


Richard Polgar


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