I have just read your “Editor’s note” regarding response to "Gridlock on Highway 29" in the May 30 Napa Valley Register. Explanations don’t take the place of corrective action that needs to be taken by city of Napa Traffic officials.
Look at the numbers: hundreds, or maybe thousands, of automobiles are held up for several minutes for each traffic light change, every day at Trower, Wine Country and Salvador intersections with Highway 29.
Why do the fewer numbers of bike riders on the Vine Trail take priority over the automobiles? Why are thousands of motorists being taken hostage by this light nightmare for the relatively few, by comparison, bicycle riders?
There is nowhere for southbound drivers who are making right turns to get off the freeway, due to the extensive backups. Will there need to be serious rear end collisions before traffic officials see the folly of this?
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A simple solution to alleviate this huge problem is to have the lights returned to previous pattern and bike riders activate the green lights for their use, just as is common at many intersections both in Napa as well as virtually most cities/counties.
I support safety for those who ride bikes. Again, an explanation does not solve the problem.