With all due respect, Steve Tracy is a planner, not an engineer, and his anecdotal comments about the experiences with Fifth Street safety must be put in context. Communities that have tried similar experiments have, in some instances, had to spend thousands to reverse their initial decisions.
There is some good news in all this. People are still reading The Davis Enterprise and the letters to the editor. I was really surprised by how many have agreed with the idea of coning off the right lanes for a few days and seeing what happens.
Fire personnel have commented that changes to Fifth Street will make it more difficult to respond to emergencies — the same is true of the ambulance service trying to traverse the city. Slower response time can result in loss of life and property.
Come on, City Council and staff, let’s cone off the right lanes for a few days and see what happens.