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Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Time to spare?

September 11, 2001

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To the editor:

I was intrigued by John Keller's challenge to the people of Lawrence to time their trip from 23rd and Haskell to 23rd and Iowa. Mr. Keller says his trip took 12 minutes and asks us to discount this time as minimal.

I, too, measured my trip between those two points, but I also measured the distance it's 1.9 miles. According to my calculations, Mr. Keller was traveling at an average speed of 9.5 mph. That same stretch traveled at 65 mph would take him approximately 1.75 minutes.

Commuters who currently traverse that route twice each day would save an hour and 42 minutes each week, an hour and 42 minutes to coach a soccer team, or read to their children, or dispose of their recyclables, or simply to avoid the stress of commuting in stop-and-go traffic.

Mr. Keller also cites the burning of fossil fuels as an evil of our imperfect world. To that I offer that automobiles are significantly more fuel-efficient at continuous speeds than in stop-and-go traffic.

I do agree that solutions to our community's problems can be difficult, and I applaud and respect Mr. Keller's involvement and concern, but in this case, the numbers just don't add up.

Chris Spirgel,

Lawrence

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