Creating A Greener Rockaway
Last summer, my wife and I treated ourselves to a trip to the Canadian Rockies. After leaving Lake Louise, Alberta, we ventured to Vancouver, British Columbia, by car. The 600 mile trip took us through many small towns. Rarely, did we get stopped at a traffic light as we traversed these towns, as the lights were well synchronized. Even, in Vancouver, a city of two million residents, the traffic lights were synchronized well. Rush hour was barely a "rush."
But I digress. As all good things come to an end, I returned to my job in Far Rockaway. Here, the lights along Seagirt Boulevard, Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Freeway and the Nassau Expressway are so outrageously out of synch, you would think it is part of someone's sadistic plan. Traffic congestion leads to more car idling, which leads to greater air pollution. To make Rockaway a "greener" place, we need to fix this problem!
MICHAEL FRANKLIN, MD,
FACEP ER DIRECTOR, PHC