February 14, 2014

Why Bedford needs a traffic safety committee

Pick your worst traffic nightmare in Bedford: speeding cars that run the stoplight on Cherry Street? Heavy trucks rattling down McLain Street? Parked tractor-trailers in the center of the road on Route 117? Cross-at-your-own-risk intersections at Bedford’s Village Green? We haven’t even scratched the surface yet. Everybody knows of a potential hazard on the roads where they live; it’s time the town addressed those concerns directly.

During Bedford supervisor Chris Burdick’s first town board meeting in his leadership role, he proposed establishing a traffic safety commission composed of members of the community, Bedford’s chief of police and Bedford’s department of public works commissioner. At the meeting, Mr. Burdick suggested the committee would study traffic issues throughout town and make nonbinding recommendations to the town board, which could then vote them in or not.

Every part of town has its own particular concerns, and while members of the board can be sympathetic, they are unfamiliar with the unique characteristics of each neighborhood.

Since many of the roads in Bedford are not town managed, the commission could delegate representatives to meet with important agencies like the county and state department of transportation. This would free up board members for the macro issues while committee members handle the micro end of things.

As well as empowering residents, the commission could provide a forum for additional safety measures, particularly in Bedford, where autos, pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians are all vying for space.

Last year, the town of Pound Ridge made its traffic studies pay off, even winning a $1.7 million grant from the state for improvements. Early this year, Bedford’s state senator George Latimer advised Mr. Burdick to form a committee to work with DOT officials and the state. Whether or not the town can count on state or federal funding for future road and safety projects is unknown, but there is no reason the town couldn’t throw its hat in the ring, and a committee would be the right place to start.

While we concur with board members who decry traffic issues as “polarizing” and “difficult to come to a consensus on,” that should only underscore the need to grow the conversation. Two years ago, a young mother was killed crossing the street in Bedford. Any future accident that can be prevented is worth the time and energy of a committee.

The board has not yet taken action on the traffic commission but they did agree to look at how other municipalities have organized traffic boards. We look forward to the results of their findings along with concrete measures that could increase safety for us all.

Love is all you need

Seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing the Beatles. And good reason — their debut on the Ed Sullivan show in February? 1964 launched a musical and social revolution.

With that 50th anniversary coming so close to Valentine’s Day, it’s appropriate to remember that the Beatles were something like the patron saints of love, (romantic and otherwise), from the plaintive “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “All You Need is Love.” With that in mind, we encourage readers to tune in and turn on to the spirit of the holiday, especially as that spirit gets harder and harder to come by in a fragmented, isolated, digital world. (When else would you have a hit movie about a man’s love affair with a disembodied voice, as in the new film “Her”?)

In today’s world we define ourselves by labels: Democrat/Republican; pro-nuke/anti-nuke; pro-choice/pro-life; Woody/Mia — pick your most polarizing issue. In the process we lose a certain essence of ourselves, and perhaps some of our humanity. The Beatles knew it then, sang it and spread the word. The message still resonates.

This Valentine’s Day, let’s not just send hearts and flowers to spouses and love ones, let’s send a valentine to everyone. Love is all you need. Love is all you need. Love is all you need ...

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