Here we go again. Some folks who don't like the traffic on their pleasant street (Orchard Lane) want to reroute all of Clintonville and inconvenience their neighbors to suit themselves. Putting up a no-right-turn sign at Orchard Lane and High Street? Bad idea. Those cars will take Dunedin or Northmoor. Closing the leg of Milton Avenue to auto traffic? Worse idea. People living in the Northmoor neighborhood use that intersection to access their homes and North Broadway, and have every right to do so. Detouring the bike path up Kenworth to High Street? This might be the worst idea of all those Chip Elliott proposes ("Green box presents dangers to bicyclists," ThisWeek Clintonville, April 22). Bikes would have to negotiate the far more dangerous intersection of High Street and North Broadway. Northbound bike traffic would have to turn left onto High Street, and left again to return to the bike path. Talk about tragic accidents waiting to happen.

Here we go again. Some folks who don't like the traffic on their pleasant street (Orchard Lane) want to reroute all of Clintonville and inconvenience their neighbors to suit themselves. Putting up a no-right-turn sign at Orchard Lane and High Street? Bad idea. Those cars will take Dunedin or Northmoor. Closing the leg of Milton Avenue to auto traffic? Worse idea. People living in the Northmoor neighborhood use that intersection to access their homes and North Broadway, and have every right to do so. Detouring the bike path up Kenworth to High Street? This might be the worst idea of all those Chip Elliott proposes ("Green box presents dangers to bicyclists," ThisWeek Clintonville, April 22). Bikes would have to negotiate the far more dangerous intersection of High Street and North Broadway. Northbound bike traffic would have to turn left onto High Street, and left again to return to the bike path. Talk about tragic accidents waiting to happen.

As far as the green box for bicyclists at Milton and North Broadway, its safety purpose is clear and legitimate. I drive through that intersection daily (no, not to speed through as a shortcut.) As a cyclist I use it, too. Most drivers respect the green bicycle lane on the right. Yes, I've seen cars turn right on red (not "almost 100 percent" as Elliott claims). I have seen many more cyclists ignore the lights. The greatest danger, to my mind, is cyclists who whiz past cars on the right, over the green box, and directly through the intersection, ignoring cars that are signaling right turns. Cyclists need to realize that they are not exempt from traffic laws.

The solution is not closing streets to cars and adding more prohibitions, but the exercise of caution and mutual respect between drivers and cyclists. Yes, increase patrols to catch speeders. But no cameras at intersections, unless those also will be used to issue tickets to cyclists who ignore red lights and pass on the right. No to a 25 mph speed limit on High Street or North Broadway. Come on folks, those are major arteries. If the city enforced the current limits, that would generate enough income to repave every street in Clintonville. Or build a two-way bike bridge over North Broadway. Now that would solve the problem.

Lisa Klein
Clintonville