It is that time of year again. Now that school is back in session, the traffic has picked up considerably. As a Mainstreet resident and the mommy of two school age children (one who is too young to walk), I brave that traffic pattern everyday. Usually it’s not so bad because most people remember the things they learned in kindergarten.
Big yellow buses are COOL! – Therefore they always have the right of way. While our children are precious to us, these brave men and women are responsible for a far larger number of children. The schedules already run tight. Give them a break and let them in.
No hitting – There are many children who walk or ride their bikes to school. Look out for these little guys. They are still learning the ways of the world and the road. We can’t expect them to look out for us.
Taking turns is a good thing – Traffic flows much better when folks take turns at intersections. Letting a car in at each will make you late only if you were running late in the first place. Even then, it’s not going to make you that much later.
If everyone stands in the door, nobody can get in or out– This is especially true at the Primary School. Some parents need to make a left hand turn to get to the Elementary school. It’s a good idea to let them out. If you don’t nobody is dropping off their kid because the line is backed up.
Work time is not talk time– Bad traffic is made worse when folks aren’t paying attention. Few things are worse that trying to follow the previous two rules and the benefactor doesn’t notice because their cell phone, notepad, coffee, newspaper, crossword puzzle, just can’t wait.
Behavior is a grade on your report card– Richmond Hill is full of small business owners. Many of these folks have their name and their business somewhere on their vehicles. I love this because I love to do business locally if I have the opportunity. In support of these successful people, a small reminder that your courteous behavior in traffic is a direct reflection on your business.
These are the things I notice most often. Can you think of any more?