These days, we practically live at the orthodontist's office on MLK Boulevard or at least that's what it seems to me. There are broken brackets to be fixed, sanitizing mouthwashes to be picked up, frequent adjustments to be made. Consequently, I'm driving my teenager there fairly often and have had a chance to experience personally the street changes on Major Taylor Boulevard in the past couple of months. When the pavement was stripped of its top, we had the bone chilling, bumpy rides on the way to and from home. Sometime in August though, the road sported its new asphalt. If I really, really wanted to and if no one were looking and if the road as it sometimes is, were free of other moving vehicles, I could now gun my Toyota RAV4 SUV up to 50 miles per hour as only a cool suburban mama can do! Shh... Don't tell anyone. That road is so smooth and just so enticing that I yearn to put the pedal to the metal.
Worcester, it's just time that we adopted a Complete Streets Policy! IT'S TIME! West Boylston, Fitchburg, Ashland, Framingham, Lynn, Natick, Norwell,, Weymouth, even Leominster, Clinton and Spencer have all adopted Complete Streets policies. What about us? In his WooVoice interview, Jerry Powers described Complete Streets a couple of months ago. Complete Streets make streets that are accessible and usable for everyone - cars, walkers, bicyclists, etc. when we are constructing new roads and redesigning old roads. If we want to encourage walkers downtown, we need to rethink this re-creation of automobile-centric freeways through our central core.