To the editor:
Wakarusa Drive is ready for improvements, no question about it. What is more fun than waiting at an intersection for a green light or stopping in an intersection during slow times for no reason, aka no other vehicles in the intersection? More fun is being able to continue motoring without stopping in addition to saving more gas than we know. Roundabouts are not the impossible creature and are less expensive than traffic lights. The 19th and Barker roundabout is doing the job.
Will the roundabout eliminate congestion at rush hours? Is this possible anywhere on the planet?
Sidewalk improvement on Wakarusa gets a big yes. City says 6 feet wide. Some want 10 feet wide like the shared use path on 23rd/Clinton Parkway. Why? Safety. And to encourage exercise for our children that is constant conversation. I have noticed children riding bikes on the walks during morning rush hour, likely on their way to school. A perfect reason for 10 feet wide like the shared use paths on Wakarusa. Parents are not going to encourage their young children to use the new designated bike lanes on Wakarusa. These paths also are friendly to strollers going both ways. Wakarusa can be busy with pedestrians absolutely like 23rd/Clinton Parkway.
Off Kanas Highway 10 onto Woodland towards Olathe, I measured 48-inch designated bike lanes with my Stanley tape measure. Woodland and Wakarusa have two things in common. Active homeowners and lots of homeowners.
Shared-use paths are safer for children. Mind your manners. There is room.