My column today: It's time to practice what we preach when it comes to the environment statesmanjournal.com/article/201301… via @salem_statesman #sjnow
— DickHughes (@DickHughes) January 10, 2013
Drive-thru fast-food joints, coffee stands, banks, etc., must be among the most environmentally irresponsible businesses around....One of his conclusions is about staggered work times:
I’m referring to drive-thrus where you wait in line, with the engine running or being turned off and on, and you pull ahead as each vehicle is served. Think of all the exhaust, especially toxic carbon monoxide, being spewed into the air....
But the reality is that many Oregonians, including me, are ecological wimps despite our reputation to the contrary. We prefer using pollution-creating drive-thrus to getting wet in the rain (although most of us have waterproof skin). Or we perceive ourselves as too busy to park and walk inside — although that might be faster than using a crowded drive-thru....
I’d bet that most of Salem’s traffic congestion could be eliminated if public and private employers radically changed their work schedules and fewer people were on the roads at the peak hours.So what about that $800+ million "solution" to congestion you were writing about in December? Won't it just encourage more driving and drive-thrus???
|But will the SJ connect the dots?|
Curt Fisher's got a crisp piece on the Downtown Mobility Study and the question of two-way traffic downtown.
|Yes, the City should swing both ways!|
|Congestion is a function of time, not just width of road!|