Here on Thistle Street summer is approaching and we will be able to open the windows again. That has a lot of great aspects, but there are a few challenges every year that the people who live in older homes in HRM have to deal with.
Our house sits just a few feet from the street, and the increasing commuter and bus traffic is noisy, dirty and disruptive. When the snow plow passes just 5 feet from your house multiple times during the night sleep is disrupted and the noise is deafening. Buses are extremely noisy and dirty, billowing diesel exhaust and dust into the air that at times is blown right into the house. The switch to electric buses cannot come too soon for me, let’s start converting the fleet and stop messing about.
Many mornings we are subjected to commuter traffic or people headed to Mic Mac Mall racing along our street like it is a race track. I wonder how these people for whom saving a few minutes on the commute is worth disturbing and endangering our neighbourhood would feel if they had to deal with all this. If you could give a thought to the people who live in these urban neighbourhoods and slow down or choose to stay on the highway where you really belong.
I have no quarrel with cyclists getting protected lanes, or increasing transit but I shudder when I hear of projects like widening Bayers Road. The answer to moving commuters should not include destroying residential neighborhoods and hollowing out the downtown.
The real traffic problem in HRM is that we are talking about enabling traffic, let’s start thinking about people before buses and cars.