Safe streets are complicated

The story on the Safe Streets plan considered by the township (“Losing momentum,” Feb. 7, page 1) reminded us how complicated it is to get safer streets for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists.

But we don’t need planning boards and steering committees to understand the importance of obeying traffic signs. We need to understand we are not the only ones on the road.

As I was leaving the Park Street YMCA and walking to my parked car on Cottage Place, one car zoomed down Munn Street from Park Street.

Going the wrong way on a one-way street did not seem to matter to this driver, who I suspect might have eyed a good parking space.

Still walking to my car, I could not believe my eyes when another car turned off Claremont Avenue on to Cottage Place, also going the wrong way on a one-way street. Racing to a parking spot in a corner lot, this driver was dressed in a medical uniform and might have been rushing to get to work on time.

While we obey traffic lights and stop signs, let’s not forget these one way street signs.
And don’t forget your mother’s advice, “Look both ways before you cross the street” — even on a one-way street.




Working parents care after the bell rings...

As a working mother of two middle schoolers, I was offended by the Feb. 7 article about after-school activities (“After the bell rings,” page 8).

The article insinuated that the influx of middle schoolers in Upper Montclair in the afternoon was merely a lack of supervision of kids with working parents. I wonder what this conclusion was based on. Has Montclair Local polled those middle schoolers to find out if their parents work or not?

As I see it, “going uptown” has absolutely nothing to do with whether your parents work in the afternoon or stay at home.

I can assure you that working parents think deeply about how much and in what form their middle-schoolers earn their independence, just as much as, I assume, stay-at-home parents do.




Correcting the record: Senior Bus not discontinued

I’m writing to report that the Montclair Senior Bus has not been discontinued as reported in your article Learning about living well, on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The bus continues to carry a record number of Montclair residents, from their home to destinations throughout Montclair whether to take a class at Edgemont Park House or the

Wally Choice Community Center, go to the movies or keep a medical appointment.The bus stops at all the local grocery stores including Brookdale ShopRite.

EZRide, a professional transportation organization, offers safe, courteous service and begins its third year as the bus operator. All Montclair residents, age 55 and over or those who are disabled, are eligible to use this free, door-to-door service. The bus operates Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To reserve a ride call EZRide at 201-939-4242 ext. 1.

Seniors in Taxis (S.I.T.) a pilot program ended as of Dec. 31, 2018.
We will continue to look for alternatives for SIT riders and will keep you informed of any progress.



The writer is the chair of the Montclair Senior Bus Roundtable.