Vail Daily letter: Traffic hazard
Vail, CO, Colorado
There is a ongoing traffic hazard on the east side of the Lionshead circle during ski season.
The town of Vail is fully aware of this and has been taking actions to mitigate its difficulty. The recent addition of the underground passenger drop-off and pickup point has been a great help. The spot checks and directional instructions from the Vail Police Department have also been beneficial and I truly believe the town is doing its best to address the situation.
My concern is with the populace who disregard the signage clearly in place that states, “No Parking,” “Shuttle Parking,” “No Drop-off” or “Pickup,” and with those who stop in the middle or near-middle of the road and put their ski boots on. If there was a need for this, I would somewhat better understand. However, this is only being done because of convenience and not necessity.
The number of shuttle and town buses with the number of passengers that are being dropped off or picked up in this location between 8-9:30 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. is challenging to say the least. Those drivers that seem to feel a need to park and wait for passengers cause this area to be even more hazardous for others because it causes the many bus and shuttle drivers to stop and maneuver around them. Some, of course, would say, “Let’s have more of a police presence.” Others might think they have just as much right to pick up and drop off as do the buses, and most would agree in this instance the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Being a little less selfish and a lot more considerate would go a long way toward us being a lot more safe.