2012-06-15 / Letters

Shed Some Light

Dear Editor,

I get so frustrated at the lack of calibration on the street lights coming and going to my home in Arverne. If I go east, I get stuck on the multitude of useless lights that change for roads that have no homes (or roads) for that matter.

Then in the mornings, there is the blessing of spending an extra 5 minutes on Broad Channel waiting 45 seconds for each of the un-needed lights to change.

I wrote to Queens Community Board #14: cbrock14@nyc.rr.com Attention Cristy Vanterpool and was given this email to send specifics.

What I would like to do is invite everyone who reads this paper to make a list of specific lights that are no longer useful and should be turned off or limited to certain hours. Also to intersections that could utilize a stop sign better than a traffic light. I see no reason in the world that I should have to be stopped at 10 p.m. crossing Broad Channel nature sanctuary. (Turn that off at 8 p.m.) The lights on Shore Front Parkway are nearly impossible to get through three lights green without accelerating to 45.

It seems to me that if we could count on certain secondary traffic lights not changing so quickly, people may actually chill out and reduce the speed a little. I understand the rush to not want to get stuck at yet another red light. It stinks and you wait for traffic to cross and the funny thing is, there is no crossing traffic. Go figure.

There are also signs all over the Peninsula permitting right hand turns on red lights. This should be expanded to most intersections. We are not living in the same scenario as most of Queens or NYC.

Think of the electricity that could be saved by turning off a few lights.

Ms. Vanterpool responded to my request for the Community Board to send a team to review the traffic lights very promptly and I commend her on that. Now let’s help her out by preparing a thorough list of obsolete or badly timed intersection traffic lights in our area.

We all know exactly what I am talking about here and the only way to make it change for the better, is simply to alert those in charge of the areas that need to be worked on. In mass quantity.. Thanks.

ANDREW HINKLEY

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