Friday, April 18, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Not a green light to be found

A friend of mine — a notorious liar — claims that last month, driving north at the intersection of Fifth and B, he caught a green light two days in a row.

This, of course, is impossible.

As everyone knows, the lights in Davis are programmed to turn red when a car approaches, not green.

Newcomers are often puzzled by this fact. They imagine that the purpose of signal lights is to manage a safe, efficient, orderly flow of traffic. They are frustrated by having to stop every 200 feet. They do not understand why the light changes back after only one care has gone through it. They are baffled by the logic that halts every car at a four-way intersection for a full minute or two, with no pedestrian in sight.

Had they been here in the early 1980s, they would understand this policy was instituted by an extremely progressive and pro-bicycle City Council. It was simply intended to punish anyone wicked enough to own a car.

Things have changed, obviously, and subsequent City Councils have been more interested in creating urban sprawl than monitoring political correctness. That the traffic lights remain so hopelessly stuck in the ’80s is therefore a bit of a mystery. Sometimes, in weak moments, I even wonder if our city government may possibly be (I can scarcely bring myself to say the word out loud) incomp–ent.

Max Byrd
Davis

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  • MR RIGHTJuly 24, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Look Max byrd NOT ALL LIGHTS TURN RED WHEN A CAR APPROACHES A LOT OF LIGHTS ARE MESSED UP AND SOME LIGHTS TAKE LONGER THEN OTHERS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DRIVE CRAZY DOWN TOWN LIKE TEENS THAT JUST GOT THERE LICENSE OR PEOPLE THAT DRIVE IN ROAD RAGE OR PEOPLE THAT DRIVE THOSE HUGE TRUCKS WITH THE BIG WHEELS THAT CANT SEE OTHER DRIVERS OR PARK VERY WELL BECAUSE THEY HAVE BIG RED NECK EGOS BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO CALL YOUR FRIEND A LIAR IN THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE YOU ARE PROBLEY ONE OF THOSE DRIVERS

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  • stuck at the lightJuly 25, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Mr Right, You missed the joke. It was the start of a conversation to get your attention. Max is right the City of Davis is a nightmare for motorists. The lights, intersections and the new stop sign on Poleline - are all horrible! It should not take 20-30 minutes to get across town when the town is 5 miles across.

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  • ConservativetrappedinDavisJuly 24, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    I fully agree with Max. Whoever set the lights hasn't a clue on traffic planning. Covell, one of the main flow streets, is so messed up and frustrating to drive.

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  • LorenzoJuly 25, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    I had always heard that making cars stop and go harms the air quality and lowers gas mileage. Can the Enterprise please contact the person responsible for setting traffic light timing and get an answer as to why we have this great inconvenience for drivers and what will or will not be done about it.

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