Marathon Community Needs to Be More Considerate

RECEIVED Sun., Feb. 15, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Exactly how accommodating does the marathon community expect the rest of us average Joes (and Janes) to be when it comes to one-hour traffic snarls on Sundays? It just took me roughly 45 minutes to travel a distance that normally only takes me five. The flow was so poorly controlled, as only one car every two to three minutes was allowed to pass through any given intersection throughout the Brentwood neighborhood (whatever happened to jogging in place so at least some traffic could pass?). As I write this letter, my car is sitting in a parking lot of a business, as I finally gave up, got out, and walked home (hopefully, it will still be there when the marathon is over). Why can't the city of Austin plan these events around Decker Lake, like the Danskin Triathlon does? It's a beautiful area and not nearly as heavily traveled as the inner areas of Austin. More to the point, why doesn't Austin City Council listen to its average tax-paying citizens when they complain about the horrendous delays caused by these marathons? Is it because they don't have the money and political clout that RunTex has? I listened with only partial interest when the businesses Downtown were complaining about the loss of customers and churchgoers due to these events. I now intend to pay a lot more attention when this dialogue arises again, as it most certainly will. If you are one of the countless individuals who had to sit in frozen traffic for an interminable amount of time on Sunday, Feb. 15, please call or write your favorite Austin City Council member and complain.
Anita Rice
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