Civics Lesson Needed…

Greetings Metbloggers,

Now that gas has spiked over 3 bucks/gallon – I’ve become more aware of my driving habits, including time and distance. I am utilizing the AC less and am driving at or below the speed limit. I’ve signed up for a carpool and am working on a telework proposal to present to “the Man” at work. It’s a shame that it took a $12.84 gasoline purchase (topping off my tank, mind you) to move me to action – but it is what it is.
In light of my heightened sense of all things petro, nothing chafes my hide more than sitting in traffic. Traffic that just doesn’t have to be. Traffic that is caused by an insane amount of people all deciding to head in the same direction at the same time. Traffic that is further exacerbated by the lack of sound traffic control.
Inspired by this sign – which incidentally was removed a week or so back – I’m curious about exactly WHAT it would take to have a turn signal added to the southbound (I’m directionally challenged) lane on Briarcliff at the Ponce de Leon intersection?
It’s not that I don’t enjoy staring at the bulge for 10 minutes as I attempt to cross over Ponce, nor is it that I mind idling behind a MARTA bus spewing noxious fumes as it inches ever closer to the bus stop at said intersection

Where do I begin?
Who do I call?
Do I need signatures?
Am I required to be a city of Atlanta resident?

Any suggestions would be appreciated….

6 Comments so far

  1. goober (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 10:47 am

    I am a goober

  2. dovetail (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 12:23 pm

    Although not your question, according to scientific research conducted by (although I can’t personally vouch for their methods) the following results were acheived. At least you can ride in AC comfort without too much guilt.

    Windows up, AC off: 35 MPG
    Windows up, AC on: 34.4 MPG
    Windows down (all four), AC off: 33.8 MPG

    The entire article:

  3. Blue (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 1:21 pm

    I don’t know – but I have been wondering that same conundrum for quite some time. That sign sat there for a couple of months. I too took a picture of it and am amused by Spandex man, but dear lord – what do we have to do to get a darn turn light installed there?! Tell me WHY the yahoo who designed that intersection thought to put a turn light coming from Moreland, but not from Briarcliff! Tell me what to do and I’ll sign whatever to get a light put in there. Often, I will go around the intersection down briarcliff the opposite way, down the By-way and then down springdale to that light to avoid trying the deathly left turn onto Ponce. Or even if I am just headed to L5P – it takes less time, even if it is going north to head south! (also directionally challenged) Let’s do somthing about it! People rise up! Amen brothas!

  4. Shelby Highsmith (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 2:35 pm

    Well for those living in District 6 — and I think that intersection may actually be the southeast corner of District 6 — there’s a forum with two candidates squaring off Thursday night. Anne Fauver and Steve Brodie both promise to address traffic issues, so corner them on specifics and see who you trust.

  5. officeracerx (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 11:37 am

    If anybody is interested in getting a turn signal placed at the location, call the City of Atlanta’s traffic department and ask for customer service.

    Tell them the problem, the location, and any and every detail you can think of and they should send engineers out there to assess the situation.

    If you feel as though nothing is being done, a.)do a follow up, b.)get in touch with your councilman, c.)get in touch with the mayor’s office.

  6. Susan (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 4:48 pm

    I can tell you that I’ve called Atlanta City Councilwoman Anne Fauver’s office about similiar complaints and I always get great results. As a matter of fact she’s up for reelection in a very quiet election cycle on Tuesday, November 8th, and if you live in District 6 you should absolutely get out and vote for her. For more information on her campaign go to



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