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You guys know that there used to be a bike park in Steamboat II. It was located between Steamboat Drive and US40 at the South East corner of the Steamboat II property. They flattened it about 10 years ago because it was considered a liability. Too bad the BTUSA folks weren't there to stand up for preserving it. They could have given SBII the 17K and SBII could have used the money to buy a liability insurance policy.
Who needs approval. Just build it. That's what the cyclists do everywhere else. Anybody else noticed the scars on the hillside trail that leads down from West End Village to the Riverside Plaza. I'm sure approval was granted for those bike features.
I've seen more problems with people walking in front of traffic this past year than any other. The problem is the walk signals are training people to walk when it is unsafe.
Here's the first scenario. A pedestrian walks up to the side street crosswalks at 7th, 8th or 9th. They realize the stoplight on Lincoln is still green so they have plenty of time to cross even though the crosswalk indicator only gave them 5 seconds before it started flashing "don't walk". In their mind it is safe even though the walk signal says don't walk. At those intersection it is fairly safe except for the situation in scenario 2 below.
Then they arrive at the 5th street intersection. The light on Lincoln turns green and because it is typically safe to do at the other intersections, they decide to walk against the crosswalk signal not realizing there is a new green arrow sending turn lane traffic across the intersection toward the rodeo grounds. They find themselves in the middle of the crosswalk in front of a honking motorist because we've conditioned them to think it is safe.
We can't expect visitors who may only be here for a few days each year to get to know the intricacies of our traffic and stop light patterns. Whether it safe or unsafe to walk, the lights need to signal appropriately and not leave the guesswork up to the pedestrians.
trafficman says this should be an easy fix but the lights have been malfunctioning since last October and nothing seems to be changing.
Here's the second scenario. The other issue is motorists turning on side streets seeing the don't walk signal and assuming pedestrians will not be in the crosswalk. The pedestrians know the crosswalk lights are malfunctioning and they decide to walk against the signal. The motorist who has not been waiting on the street corner watching the light for the last 60 seconds doesn't know the crosswalk should still be in walk mode and again we end up putting the two of them in harms way.
trafficman, where are you coming up with such details as the specific cycle timing right down to the second? Surely you didn't spend your vacation sitting on the roof of the Rio sipping margs and timing our lights with your stopwatch. :) lol!!!
Is there more info out there in cyberspace about our stoplight and crosswalk system that we have not been privy to?
Which begs the question, why did it take this long to string some cable and adjust the lights? Seems as if April ,May and June when traffic and tourists were lighter would have been a much better time to get things connected and adjusted.
Great video!!! The first car on Lincoln Ave. had barely passed through the intersection and the crosswalk indicator was already signaling for pedestrians to stop crossing. Love it!!!
You do know that when you were passing on the right where the bumpouts are now located that you were doing so illegally right?
Greeny's comment started with something paraphrased like "How do these developers get 100M loans when the general public can't get a 300K loan?" but then he went on to make unnecessary comments attacking David Burden. I'm sure that's why his comment was removed.
My point was the money trail ultimately leads back to Fortress. Fortress and WestLB are not in the business of marketing, managing and selling high end residence club properties. Timbers Resorts is in that business so it only makes sense for WestLB and Fortress to do what they can to keep Timbers in the picture.
Now my comment looks kind of silly since Greenwash's psychobabble has been removed.
Follow the money Greenwash. WestLB AG out of New York was the original lender who spun off the debt. Maybe you should look at their connections to Fortress and think about who ultimately would take over the unsold units if foreclosure happens.
Do a little digging on gagfah and see what you come up with. Try googling gagfah+westlb and have a look at the gagfah board of directors.
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