Look at upside to increase in Coastside traffic | Matters Of Opinion – California News

Look at upside to increase in Coastside traffic | Matters Of Opinion – California News

There has been much invective, hand wringing, and gnashing of teeth at the seemingly relentless increase of traffic here on the Coastside, particularly over the summer and on weekends. The traffic makes getting around a pretty sluggish affair for local residents and tourists alike.

And who here is not familiar with the awesome sense of dread that arises within at the very mention of the words, “Pumpkin Fest,” a time when Coastsiders have adopted one of two strategies: schedule a multiday trip out of town or stock up on foodstuffs and other necessities, populate that Netflix queue, and hunker down for the annual autumnal hibernation.

But it occurred to me the other day, while snaking slowly down Highway 92 into Half Moon Bay at 5 p.m. on a weekday, that we may be thinking about this traffic thing the wrong way. In fact, instead of bemoaning the increasing number of cars on our Coastside roads we should actually be celebrating and encouraging more and more cars to stream into our community.

I give you seven reasons why more traffic is a good thing:

1. It will decrease auto accidents and fatalities. We all know that “speed kills.” Well, it doesn’t take a genius to understand that cars crawling along at 5 to 10 miles per hour are less likely to crash. And, if they do, such fender benders are less likely to result in serious injury or worse.

2. It’s good for our health. As the number of cars on our roads grows, and traffic speeds diminish as a result, this will allow drivers and passengers to take turns taking healthful walks…

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