Beach Traffic on the Weekends

In today’s Times there was a piece about the messy traffic when out-of-towners come to Good Harbor. We all agree that it’s a pain to get anywhere on the weekends.

Realist responded to the article:

“I’m glad I’ve learned to navigate some of the side streets near Good Harbor beach to avoid the long line of traffic from S&S. Still, it’s horrible during the morning rush on Saturday or Sunday from all these people trying to get to the beach on the weekend. I try to stay off the roads from 9AM till at least 1PM. Then you’re safe for a couple of hours until the beach crowds start leaving…then it’s chaos again. It’s too bad the out-of-towners take over Cape Ann on the weekends for the beaches here, but it’s a fact.”

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Click on photo for more about Holland's switch to bicycles

Well a couple of days ago, I saw Holland’s solution to their traffic issues.  Maybe we should think about it.

4 thoughts on “Beach Traffic on the Weekends

  1. I was a student at Delft, between the Hague and Rotterdam, for three years. No one used cars, students, faculty, employees, or townspeople. The police and the tourists had them, although most of the police also used bikes. Students did not bother to have personal bikes. There were thousands of student bikes everywhere. No one bothered to lock them. They were junky but if a tire went flat or something, the person who needed the bike would fix it. For longer trips though they had the advantage of a super public transportation system, so there really was no need for a car. To get to the Hague from my house, I could take a train or a tram or a bus at any time of day or night. It was like the subway in Boston, the vehicles were so frequent you did not bother with a schedule. Without that super transportation system the bike habit would fall apart because people would feel they needed cars anyway for longer trips and they would start using them locally.

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  2. Thanks, Damon, that was interesting. If we could just could get to the mindset of using our cars less and walk or bike ride, we’d be taking a small step toward making a difference.

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