YOUR TAKE: What do You Think of the Traffic Light at Speedy Chen's? [Poll]

Discussion about the light springs up on our Facebook page.

On Friday, Patty Kelley posted the following to our Facebook page:

While I realize the need for pedestrian safety, I feel the traffic light at speedy wongs on main street should be a "push button pedestrian light only", rather than a continuous cycling light. Does anyone else feel this way?

Her question stirred quite the discussion—getting a total of 10 "likes" and 11 comments by Sunday evening.

Darlene Smith called the light's functioning a "total nuisance." Carol Connors said that "half the drivers don't even stop [at the light] when it's red," but Michelle Lewis defended the light, saying that it makes it easier for drivers to take a left off of Dunstable Street and safer for kids to cross.

What do you think? Cast your vote in our poll and add your comment below.

Bette Task August 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM
To make matters worse, people double park to pick up at Toni Ann's right before the light. We're talking about double parking on a bike lane!! Where is the biker supposed to go? There should be a very high fine for double parking on a bike lane.
Just a person! August 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM
The thing I don't understand is if people feel that it is for traffic flow they are wrong,if that is the case why not put a light at every corner! Please, how many cars come out of Dunstable st in the course of the day? Why not one at Tibbitts Townway also? That across from the school! I know for a fact that the City if they want can make the cycle on that light work better for pedestrians, so when you press the button it changes quickly rather than the one at west school st that takes two cycles to change for a pedestrian. I feel that it is needed for school kids to cross safely, but why at Dunstable St???? Salem st would have been a better location. I feel that during school hours it should work as a pedestrian crossing with a quick change cycle, and the other hours be like the one at Essex st. Having it as a stop light runs under the category of "ridiculous.com" It is not even at a intersection of a heavy volume traffic problem.
Charlestown joe August 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Hate it get rid of it! I get stopped at it every time no matter which way I am going either down to johnnies or toward Sullivan Sq. What purpose does it serve? Only to aggravate you. and forget it if you are coming down Sullivan st and you have a person trying to cross, it only allows two cars thru before it is red again, I have been I a traffic jam on Sullivan St , hello! Are you serious! Make it a flashing light,like Essex St. Another City of Boston Traffic Dept stupid idea.
Anne Flink August 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I think the positive reason for this light is that it breaks up the commuter speedway on Main Street.
Townie Girl August 27, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The light was put there because an elderly resident of Dunstable street was hit in the crosswalk, and was injured and the neighbors signed a petition and spoke to the city because, it was unsafe to cross main st for those of you that haven't noticed at times it is impossible to cross Main St. you wait and wait and then you take your chance that you or a neighbor doesn't get hit. there have also been accidents in that area. and lots of u turns. I live on Dunstable st and see people trying to cross and the vehicles that go way too fast. Originally I asked the city to come and put pedestrian slow signs like in the suburbs and I was told they couldn't. I commend the city in listening to the residents of the surrounding area of the lights and taking the safety of the children and many adults in to consideration and did something about it. for the people of all ages who use this light and find it a blessing and not a curse. The community came together fought for the light and is glad it is there.
Mary Walsh August 27, 2012 at 01:17 PM
The light has made manouvering around the always double-parked cars an added challenge and while I see a few mothers with baby strollers actually use the light, Charlestown jay walking is as vibrant and normal as anywhere else in Boston, so light serves very little purpose when traveling on Main. It's much more ineffective for drivers going down Sullivan. Most people have realized the cycle is so long you can swing around High and and Walker and STILL l make the light at Speedy's. And if you're going towards Sullivan Sq. you avoid the light altogether by just using High and Walker. So, it's basically an example of traffic signals gone wild along with the seemingly endless barrage of signage cluttering Charlestown these days. My favorite is the Dead End sign at the top of the Forties on Bunker. How many drivers do you think have mistaken that for a through street to warrant placing a sign there, I wonder?
Michael Boznikoff August 27, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I think that this light does do some good. I go through there 4 or 5 times a day and haven't seen anybody run the red light. It does add some benefit for those turning onto Main St from Sullivan and Dunstable. If it was changed to a flashing yellow I would suggest that they embed sensors in Dunstable and Sullivan so that a quicker change to red on Main St would occur. As for the cars double parking at Toni Ann's, where do you think the Dominos delivery cars are going to park, IN THE BIKE LANE!
Charlestown joe August 27, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I just like to comment on a few of the things that were posted here, First, Townie Girl , yes I remember the woman that got hit sat that intersection, but there has been others hit also along Main st and also Bunker Hill St. So my comment to you is should we install a stop light at all these locations? and second let me ask how many people actually use the crosswalk there if you are that close and are watching? Because, truthfully I don't see anybody ever use a crosswalk even at Essex st they just cross where ever so I believe that is not a great reason! and nobody is going to stand there and wait for a light to cross. Mary Walsh, I agree with you 100% because if I am coming from Bunker Hill St to go to Main I take a left at High St just to avoid that light at Sullivan and as you stae the traffic flow has changed and gone to other routes around this stupid light. And Michael I have seen more than one or two run the red light on more than one occasion, As for the sensors, they are already in place, it takes the city to change the sequence and the timing on the control box that is also installed at that location! And to all, why not pay attention to all the trucks that are over 2 1/2 ton going down Main st!!! That is illegal and it is posted! What about tha! as for double parking go down to Dunkin donuts when they are getting ther delivery and there is a trailer truck double parked there at least twice a week. Don't just single out Toni-Ann's
Mike Hawk August 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I think it is a pointless light...
Mike Hawk August 27, 2012 at 04:24 PM
As I walk by there on my morning walk around 10:30 am I constantly see people running that light, if anything it shall be button operated like the one in front of Doherty playground on Bunker Hill st...thank you for your time, folks!
Mitzy August 28, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I love the light. Before it was installed,, I was sure that I was going to have an accident coming out of Sullivan St. The Main St. traffic is too fast and difficult to see.
Just a person! August 28, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Mitzy You best give up driving, what do you do on a highway? Or for that fact any other corner you come to!
Sean Boyle August 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM
This is Boston. If a pedestrian comes out on the road, they have the right of way.


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