Ramblin' man: Not everybody agrees with Colorado Springs traffic report

May 28, 2013 Updated: May 28, 2013 at 8:25 am

A column about a report placing Colorado Springs among the nation's top 10 for easy drives drew mixed reviews. So did loud motorcycyle pipes.

Wayne Arvizu took issue with another reader's comments calling loud pipes "environmental terrorism."

"Whipping out the word 'terrorism' is a very serious statement in today's society," Arvizu said.

Motorcycles are loud, he agreed, but airplanes, chainsaws and lawn mowers can exceed the 90 decibel level of motorcycle pipes and you don't hear anyone calling them terrorists, he said.

"Maybe we should turn our energy to living our lives the best we can and turn the other cheek to those little annoyances that are all too frequent in city living," he said.

Nerdwallet's traffic report drew this from David Parker.

"I decided to post a reply to the Nerdwallet story and it was immediately deleted. They obviously don't like criticism. Needless to say they don't live here or drive here. Too bad they don't like criticism. It just goes to show how these firms can take bits and pieces of information and manipulate it for their own uses. If Nerdwallet can't take the heat then they should get out of the kitchen."

Here's what they deleted: "You may think this is one of the best cities to drive in, but I live here and drive back and forth to work every day. Many Colorado Spring drivers are the rudest and nastiest I have ever encountered. Civility, courtesy, and respect for other drivers is seriously lacking in this town and I have lived here for 40 years."

Kevin Curry, however, agreed with Nerdwallet.

"I've traveled across the country and much of the world, and while I could quibble with some of the criteria or rankings, I think the assessment of traffic in the Springs is pretty accurate. It is impossible to describe the 24-hour-a day gridlock in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to someone who hasn't experienced it. The same is true of the no-rules combat that best describes driving in Naples, Italy."

Colorado Springs, he said, "isn't always stress-free, especially on Powers or I-25 during rush hour, but even then it's less stressful than the bumper-to-bumper, stop-and-go messes that more than triple commute times in those other locations."

Another world traveler had a different view.

Said Corvia Ballefuocco: "CoS has got to have the worst drivers I've ever encountered and rates as one of the most aggravating places in which to drive."

"Turn signals?" Ballefuocco said. "Not even the CSPD regularly uses turn signals."

Nerdwallet even sent a note.

"I see folks in the area strongly disagree," said Julia Baily. "It's interesting to see how the data clearly doesn't account for these more qualitative experiences."

She wanted me to give readers a link to the study - which will include "even a place to comment."

So here it is. Happy commenting.


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