Sound Off

Sound Off: Cars are allowed to park on Barker Avenue, just north of 23rd Street. That creates a traffic hazard. Who can I speak to about banning parking close to that intersection?

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hujiko 2 years, 9 months ago

"That creates a traffic hazard."

Yeah, well, y'know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Mike Edson 2 years, 9 months ago

If you are referring to the dental office located on the corner of 23rd and Barker, I agree. Very often the dental patients park in the street making it a tight squeeze at the intersection. The real problem on Barker avenue are the concrete islands with the yellow caution signs. Is there a reason those have not been taken out? The yellow signs get replaced on a weekly basis.

boltzmann 2 years, 9 months ago

Those islands have significantly slowed the traffic on Barker from from what it was before. Before they were put in people would regularly hit 40-50 mph or more accelerating from 19th to 23rd (or vice versa) as there is no stop sign intervening. So they have served their purpose without having to use up police time enforcing the speed limit. It is unfortunate that this is the case, but given the quality and attitude of some (certainly not the majority) of drivers it is a good idea.

The major problem is that they allow street parking too close to the barrier islands so that it is often difficult to negotiate.

honestone 2 years, 9 months ago

Actually...all the way up to 14th street cars regularly park too close to the traffic islands but the police won't do anything unless there is a complaint. BTW...I think this is about the truck with the flame paint job

Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps remove the islands and replace with 20 mph speed bumps.

On the other hand slowing traffic coming into that corner might be a good idea which is what those parked cars might be accomplishing.

Centerville 2 years, 9 months ago

Why should they ban parking? Or take out the islands? So you can avoid Mass and go 60 mph?

jafs 2 years, 9 months ago

There's not enough room for two way traffic to proceed well with parking on the side of the street there.

Carol Bowen 2 years, 9 months ago

+1. Barker Avenu is a residential street. It's not designed for traffic speed or effiency. It's designed for neighborhood access. Of course, public streets are for all drivers, but using Barker Avenue is a choice. If you don't like the street, choose one that suits your needs better.

kernal 2 years, 9 months ago

People have been parking on the street by that dental office for decades. Just have the city put up a no parking sign five car lengths back from the stop sign. That should provide enough room since about the only times there are more than two cars on Barker at that light is 5:05pm to 5:30pm M-F and on KU football game days when the dental office closes at Noon.

kernal 2 years, 9 months ago

There is a parking lot with ingress/egress off Barker. There's not room enough for a larger parking lot; they would have to extend it into the yard next door. That office has been there over 25 years and Lawrence has grown quite a bit since then, creating more traffic.

rockchalker52 2 years, 9 months ago

If you'd floss more often like they told you, we wouldn't have this problem.

collective82 2 years, 9 months ago

How about the vehicles that park on mass by 23rd? They cause huge obstructions and since parked no brake lights are on so if not paying real good attention they can be mistook for moving traffic.

rockchalker52 2 years, 9 months ago

It used to be ( and maybe still is ) parking on Mass St. north of 23rd to South Park was/is only allowed on Sunday. South of 23rd I'm not sure.

collective82 2 years, 9 months ago

Well that would explain the rarity of the cars there then. Thank you!

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