Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 6, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 06/06/2012


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Make it safer

As a retired teacher (including driver education), I feel I'm putting my grandkids and dog at risk every time we cross Peninsula Drive by Bryant Park. The reason is not just the increasing traffic, but because of the curve and limited sight lines coming north on the Peninsula from Front Street and the fact the speed is posted 35 mph most are accelerating when they should be slowing down for the curve (driver's education 101).

Many are then going to glance at the park; by the time they look back, they are literally on top of my grandkids or anyone crossing, including Traverse City Central High School's cross country teams.

There is a simple solution — change the speed limit to 25 mph from Front and Garfield north to Eastern Avenue, which would add 12 seconds to the drive time over this distance.

So to anyone driving up the Peninsula, can you spare 12 seconds? If so, please contact me at, I will tell you how you can help. I'm especially interested in hearing from teachers, parents and kids from Central High School.

Together we can make it safer.

Harry Swystun

Traverse City