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Patty D.: All truckers need access to the Square.

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By Patty

Correct me if I am wrong, but I read this as Mayor Hardwick was concerned with the fire Department trucks making the turn, not whether a truck went around the Public Square.

Trucks make the world go around, without them we would have nothing; fire trucks are very important when needed and the fastest route would be what I would want if it was my house. Truckers in general need the closest route and still be safe. Just my thoughts. - Patty

Patty D. - You have, as I hope everyone understood, Mayor Hardwick's sentiments right. And you are right that the over the road trucker needs far more appreciation - and respect - than he or she gets. Mayor Hardwick does believe that truckers should have unfettered access to the Square.
Others of us believe that, on the open road, truckers should have first priority; then passenger cars, then motorcycles, then bicycles, and pedestrians should have priority in that order to move a high volume of traffic at a high speed. Possibly, without dedicated, protected lanes, bikes and pedestrians might be banned from open roads- so that the highest safe speed should be allowed, for larger motorized vehicles including tractor trailers. In towns and cities, the reverse should the case.

In towns and cities pedestrians should come first, bicycles next, neighborhood electric vehicles next, then motorcycles, then public buses, then passenger cars and big trucks.

In the 1950s, the main reason we were given for having a bypass in the first place was that it would take large trucks off the Square.

That has devolved over the years.

What we believe is that all interest groups need to appreciate the needs of the others.

- EW

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