Betsy Heilmann



December, 2018

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Commented on Pittsfield TDI 4 years, 4 months ago
Indeed the truck was not speeding. He was stopped at the light on Pine Street. As he attempted to turn right onto Tyler Street he had to turn wide to avoid the bump outs.

I biked down that way today. I had to swing even further out into traffic because of the snow those %#&@ bump outs have collected. I’m learning to hate them.
Supported a comment by Sheila Kerber on Pittsfield TDI 4 years, 4 months ago
Sheila Kerber
I disagree with using 'bumpouts' to calm traffic. This is using a physical barrier on an already narrow roadway, with the intent on hoping the traffic will slow down. This doesn't seem to really address the fact that at this particular point, the roadway already is compromised due to parking on both sides and a busy intersection. My car was hit by a city school bus at this area last winter. I was well behind the line at Tyler St. at a red light; headed towards First St., as shown in the police report. This school bus attempted to make a left turn off of Pine onto Tyler. I backed up as much as I could with a car behind me, even after being behind the appropriate line at the intersection. The bus couldn't make the turn without hitting the left side of my front bumper. This clearly was an accident caused by the school bus that has now caused me more problems due to the municipality not taking responsibility to pay for the damages. Now, with these 'bumpouts' there will be more problems and accidents, that are unneccesary. To infer that the box truck was going too fast is wrong. An inference is only based on an assumption of what one sees without knowing all of the facts.
Supported a comment by Jim C on Pittsfield TDI 4 years, 4 months ago
Jim C
The Tyler Street impression would improve tremendously just by cleaning up the Hess property! This the worst eyesore in the city!
Commented on Pittsfield TDI 4 years, 4 months ago
Today I watched a box truck swerve into the wrong lane trying to avoid those bump outs. I can’t see how they keep pedestrians safe, they seldom get shoveled. And as I mentioned before, as I cycle down Tyler Street, the bump outs force me into the traffic lane. Does no one care how dangerous this is?
Supported a comment by pete lahert on Pittsfield TDI 4 years, 4 months ago
pete lahert
get rid of the bump outs they are an accident waiting to happen. just like the one this morning
Supported a comment by Paula Jean on Pittsfield TDI 4 years, 4 months ago
Paula Jean
I hope the thought of visually appealing street lights as well as energy efficient or solar will be incorporated. Also some of the dark alley ways could be lit as well and murals painted. Safety on the street for bikes, pedestrians and businesses is key. Wouldn't it be nice be able to walk down the street in the evening and hear live entertainment coming form some of the businesses, outside seating, cute shoppes. Like other local towns offer.