Re: "Marathon traffic affect you? Thank you for your patience," the Now letters, Oct 3.
Mrs. Fryer, first of all, congratulations on your anniversary, and I hope you have many more. I sincerely hope you had a wonderful marathon experience.
However, I take issue with your assumption that those of us upset at the traffic situation caused by the street shutdowns did not "plan for it."My parents live in the heart of the marathon course - there was no way for them to get out of their house until 2 p.m. For my mother to teach Sunday School that day, she had to call the marathon organizers to get special permission to cross 132nd Street at 9 a.m. Upon our return, we found that roads that had been marked as "open" or "for local traffic" on the map that was sent to us were blocked off by barriers, signs and police officers. This included access to our street, which had been open when we left that day.
The closures seemed arbitrary and without notice. Like previous letter writers,it took several hours for us to get home. While I can appreciate the importance of the marathon to the City of Surrey and its participants (I hope to include myself in their number next year), I would strongly encourage the City of Surrey and marathon organizers to take the transportation needs of local homeowners and renters into account when preparing for next year's marathon.
Elexis Harrison, Surrey
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