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Letter: Don't Turn Norwalk Road Into 'Parking Lot'

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk.DailyVoice.com accepts signed, original letters to the editor. Letters may be e-mailed to letters@dailyvoice.com.

To the Editor,

I was a bit surprised by the fanfare I received from my recent letter in opposition to reducing Calf Pasture Beach Road from four lanes to two to accommodate a bicycle lane. It would appear that local bicyclists may have a public relations problem when it comes to traveling in a proper manner on Norwalk streets, and motorists don't fare so well either. An e-mail I received from one Norwalk resident suggested, "They would have us believe Beach Road is a 'killing field,' which is ridiculous."

The Norwalk beach area, which includes Shady Beach, Calf Pasture Beach, Taylor Farm Park and Cove Marina, is a big part of what makes Norwalk the successful coastal community that it is. And with public access to the waterfront for recreation at a premium, any attempt to limit that access is not in the best interest of the general public. The select few who want to turn Beach Road into a quaint little village do not have the best interests of residents in mind, who may live further away, including landlocked neighborhoods.

In addition to the daily traffic, the area hosts all types of great events including events to raise funds for charity, car shows, dog shows, boat shows, all kinds of sports activities, fireworks, parking for the Oyster Festival, and the list of special events goes on. This is all good for Norwalk, a good reason to live or visit here and good for citywide property values.

It should be noted that the two lanes in both the north and south directions of Beach Road disperse traffic onto several local streets and the driveways of the marina and beach and do not merge into just one lane as some may claim. The four lanes are essential to moving traffic in and out of the area as efficiently as possible under all circumstances.

Hopefully, this whole idea of changing Beach Road into a parking lot for the lifestyle of a select few will be put to rest in the coming days and we can go ahead and enjoy the beach area this summer and all it has to offer.

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