Thank you, Vashon, for driving less

As my dad used to say, “Life could be like this.”

Tough times like these make any blessings better. Things are abnormally blissful on 103rd Avenue, also known as “parking lot hill,” leading to the north end ferry. The air is clear; it’s quiet. Our yards aren’t littered with trash.

Vashon’s natural serenity isn’t always available to those of us living on ferry-adjacent roads that deliver everyone on and off the island. On our 30 miles per hour road, most cars go 40 miles per hour, with at least one car speeding over 70 miles per hour every day. With little to no shoulder to safely walk with this kind of traffic, even King County engineers say our road is non-compliant with safety standards.

Now it’s actually safe to walk. We don’t have beer cans and cigarettes tossed in our yards every day. We don’t have to yell over the noise or inhale the exhaust of 1,600 cars that drive on our road every day. Less air pollution has been well documented across the planet, with decreased commuter traffic since this terrible virus hit us.

I hope everyone has safer, quieter streets and cleaner air for a long time to come. And I thank you, Vashon, for driving less. As my dad used to say, “Life could be like this.”

— Mike Leavitt




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@vashonbeachcomber.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Opinion

Sunshine Always Follows The Rain

One resident of King County died of COVID-19 every day last week.

x
For One Year, Love Letters Have Boosted Radio Show

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the “Dear Vashon” show.

x
Shifting the Baseline Back Toward Truth

The baseline of political untruths has shifted pretty dramatically recently.

In Response To COVID Cases, VISD Must Get It Right

Concern for the mental well-being of students and for their physical health aren’t mutually exclusive

x
The Joy of Kindergarten Awaits New Students

We’re prepared to continue health and safety protocols already in place for as long as it’s necessary.

x
A Year Like No Other

This year has not been easy, and our slow return to normalcy will not be either.

x
When We Get Back, Part 3

I think this pandemic has wreaked a unique kind of mental havoc on each of us.

Jeff Hoyt
When We Get Back, Part 2

Pandemic traditions to keep around

Scott Durkee
How To Fix the Big Problem of Big Lies

I don’t venture off the island too often, but when I do… Continue reading

As March Blooms, So Do The Memories | Beachcomber editorial

Do you remember what you were doing a year ago today? You… Continue reading

x
When We Get Back, Part 1

My hope is that we never take a packed weekend of entertainment options on Vashon for granted again.

x
Finding Ways to Foster Better Mental Health on Vashon

Supporting yourself, your family, and friends, can go a long way.