Anecdotes are not evidence. We all know this, but it sure is hard to resist turning a story into science. And so it goes with Robert’s question on my favorite topic: Those new flashing yellow left turn signals.
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Get used to it. That’s pretty much going to be today’s advice.
Like a lot of new and developing areas in Southern Nevada, there wasn’t much of a traffic foundation laid when folks started moving into Providence.
There’s always something, you know?
This reality that we all share? It is deceptive.
Some problems cannot be solved. They can only be managed.
Our government serves a purpose. It’s not the one you’re thinking of, either.
It’s funny, when you get one of those ideas that make you think you’ve solved a problem that everyone has, but no one has figured out how to deal with.
There are rules, and then there are rules. The first kind are those that we understand. We might not like them all the time — rural highway speed limits come to mind — but we get why our elected officials have enacted them. They make a certain sort of sense. Public safety and whatnot.
Roger wrote in because he travels between Las Vegas and Pahrump regularly on what we in the newspaper business call State Route 160, but normal people call Blue Diamond Road.
Sometimes, when you’re looking for a solid answer to a pretty simple question, what you end up getting is a maybe, but it depends.
Yes, you can do this. No, you can’t do that. And that road you hate? Get over it. The road you want more of? Nope, not gonna happen.
We live in the desert, and there’s prickly stuff everywhere.
This is where we’re at with our roads. They are adequate. We want them to be better. They’ll never be good enough.
A whole lot of the stuff in this world doesn’t make sense.
Marlene wrote in with a problem. She got “almost run over” by a bicyclist a while back while on the sidewalk, and this led her to wondering: Are bicycles allowed on the sidewalk? Yup. It’s totally allowed.
Controlling traffic is complicated. Stuff breaks, or it’s harder to install than just plugging it in, or maybe simply getting new stuff isn’t such a good idea when you give it a little more thought.
Long ago, there were no traffic lights at all. Soon, they appeared. Eventually, green left turn arrows arrived, which is probably when road rage emerged. These lights were great, except they made you wait when no one at all was coming in the other direction.
Evan wrote in noting that there was supposed to be a traffic light installed by now at the intersection of Decatur Boulevard and Elkhorn Road, way out north.
Life is really a series of problems. You woke up late and barely have enough time to get to work? Skip breakfast. Your car is broken and you can’t afford a repairman until payday? Take the bus.
Today, I’ll solve a mystery, shoot down a good idea and, if you stick around for the end, explain how smart people sometimes do dumb things.
Sam wrote in with a question about a fast-developing area out in Henderson: “Can you find out why there is no dedicated right turn lane at the southwest corner of Via Inspirada and Volunteer Boulevard?
Life just keeps getting better, doesn’t it? It’s the opposite of chaos, how darn organized we’re becoming at making things work better.
This week, two guys sent questions about Sunset Road between Decatur and Valley View boulevards. Rick noted that it looks like it’s paved and ready to use.
This reader didn’t leave a name, but sent in a good complaint. Bravo. “The road surface in the braking zone on Wigwam at Pecos (both west and east bound lanes) is so rough that I drive out of my way to avoid it,” the reader wrote in an email.