It’s one thing to talk about Pearl Street reopening as a two way street. It’s another thing to bike or drive the street. While heading from Downtown Buffalo to Allentown, yesterday, I hopped onto Pearl Street, which saved me some serious time.
I was coming from Main Street, took a right onto newly opened Mohawk, and then made another right onto Pearl. Easy breezy. Without the conversion, I would have gone left on Pearl (complete opposite direction), headed up to Court Street, circled around to Delaware, and on to Allen.
The two-way street made this trip an absolute breeze. I loved seeing the new bike lanes too. For so long, we have become accustomed to taking the hassles of one-way streets as part of life, just dealing with the hassles. Eventually The City hatched a plan to get some of these problematic one-way streets back to functioning the way they were intended. As Buffalo continues to grow, we must continue to identify more ways to alleviate the stresses and the headaches, while bringing more practicalities and amenities to those who work/live there. In this case, it’s not a fancy new building, it’s actually a ‘no brainer’ transportation convenience.
Now if we can just get the traffic signals timed correctly. That would really be something.