The cars speed around the corner off of France onto 49 1/2 street. It is dangerous to cross at the 49 1/2 crosswalk that is west of the walgreens parking lot. It is also very dangerous to cross at any of the corners at France and 49th 1/2 street especially in the morning around 8am and in the evening from 330 to 6pm. Please help with traffic calming in this neighborhood.
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Idea received from Joel Stegner:
We all recently read about the outwardly normal, but depressed Minnetonka business owner who used a shotgun to murder his entire family before taking his own life. These kinds of stories happen every day and could easily happen in Edina. What is to be done about these situations? I have an idea that just might help.
Mentally disordered, angry men with guns are dangerous to themselves and their loved ones. Some have protection orders placed on them, but that doesn't always prevent senseless violence from occurring. American men love guns and once they have them, they are reluctant to give them up permanently, but I suspect that many families know when having a gun present puts people at risk. For those men who haven't lost their gun rights, there is no easy way for them to put away their guns for safekeeping until they work out their mental health or anger management problems.
One solution could be for a free gun storage program operated by the police department. Citizens could be encouraged to bring in their guns for safe storage if they fear they will be used by a family member to take a life. Unless a crime is committed, the person would able to retrieve the gun after a cooling off period no questions asked. As suicide and murder are impulsive acts, simply not having a gun handy when the urge to use one violently occurs, it seems like it would lower the risk of gun violence in the city. While I do advocate more comprehensive measures to curb gun violence, this suggestion encourages responsible gun ownership.
May Bike safety month. how about focusing on the safety of the bikes themselves - namely bike theft and secu bike racks. First. identify all the bike racks in the city. Second, look for bikes unlocked or locked to trees or signs, noting if there is an available space in a rnearby bike racks. Of course there are signs directing people to parking ramps, but not bike racks. Then analyze the pattern of bike thefts in the city, looking for patterns. All things police could do on their rounds, and could be done any time during the summer.
May Bike Safety Month - the safety of bikes.
Please switch the title and the description, as what I wrote ended up in the title due to a glitch in your system. I don't want to retype a long idea and see no way to copy paste the switch myself.
The police have a new program to stop bicyclists who break traffic laws, announced in a just-issued press release. While I agree with the idea, I think Edina needs to think more broadly about this issue. First there is the issue of traffic design. It is currently very difficult to safely travel through certain parts of the city on bike. While Edina does enforce the speed laws, speeding, particularly on heavily travelled roads in common, and the places where bike travel are too close to traffic at the speed cars and trucks are driving, particularly as many have become larger and less maneuverable. Second, there is driver behavior. I'd bring up the failure of a very large percentage of drivers to signal their turns, Where this is a special problem for bike riders is when cars pull in front of a bike, fails to signal and turn right. Another is when a vehicle is going from the opposite direction and turns left. This failure to signal intention is dangerous driving, gives the bicyclist no time to react, and is likely to result in a severe injury or direct. Combine that with not fully stopping a stop sign and pulling out in front of a bicyclist who has right of way, opening a car door without looking . . . I could go on. The biggest toll of these driver practices - none of which is justified - is fear on the part of people who would want to use our streets to ride their bikes, which means they stay home or drive, which is both unhealthy and increases traffic congestion. So in other worlds, if the police are going to have a campaign targeted unsafe bicycling, please at the same time remind us that most often when cyclists are injured or killed, a motor vehicle has done the damage. And motorists should realize that stopping a bike at a stop sign involves a lot more effort than using your turn signal.
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Parks are attractive to predators, as natural places for kids to play. The bushes here prevent open viewing of this area.
I use a wheelchair to get around the Centennial Lakes area in the nicer weather, and I've noticed some of the sidewalks around the park as well as along York and Parklawn are in need of repairs, or at least a bit of minor patching up. Especially if this is to be thought of as a pedestrian-friendly city.
A roundabout at Tracy & Valley Lane would alleviate traffic congestion and increase safety at this dangerous intersection. Traffic is horrendous, especially with the High School and VVMS just up the hill. Turning left onto Tracy can literally take several minutes when traffic is heavy and the line at the stop sign can wind all along Valley Lane. A roundabout would slow traffic and keep it flowing at a steady, safer pace.
As we implement the neighborhood plans, I would love to see this issue addressed by perhaps a change in the traffic pattern at this intersection as one approaches 70th St, or turns off from 70th street to enter the neighborhood. At present this is an accident waiting to happen; an almost 'blind' yield for Limerick for traffic coming down the hill on Hillside. Further, cars coming off 70th and needing to crossover to get to one or the other lane. It is hard to explain, but anyone who uses this daily will know what I mean.
I think we may want to block traffic access on Hillside between Brook Dr. and the intersection, except allowing for access to/from 70th for the two houses at the end of Hillside. Other traffic can all be diverted so that Limerick is the only street being used to/from 70th street.
This will also address the potential danger on the other end of Hillside, at Brook Dr., again a danger of cars coming down two adjacent descents.
Restriping was done of the lanes on France Ave just north of Hwy 62 last summer. I believe I read in some City Council minutes that though this is a county road, the city had some juristiction over deciding on the lane striping after the road improvements were completed. The decision to go down to only one driving lane between 62nd street and Crosstown has developed some possibly unintended traffic issues. Making turns into our out of 62nd street have become more dangerous. With one steady line of traffic, instead of some alternating traffic in two lanes, it takes a long time for a gap to form. This make some drivers anxious and they end up turning in front of people. The backup from the stoplight going north on France as you reach the Crosstown interchange is also considerable and sometimes backs up past 62nd street blocking the intersection. Construction of the interchange ramps and bridge on Crosstown this summer made things even more difficult.
Could the city review this and consider putting it back to two full lanes at least from the interchange to past 62nd street or even to 58th street where a significant amount of traffic is?