Chick-fil-A improves access with new Magnolia Drive location

Chick-fil-A improves access with new Magnolia Drive location

Q. Robert has experienced traffic swerving into his lane to avoid vehicles waiting in line at Chick-fil-A and believes the restaurant management doesn’t care about creating a hazardous traffic condition.

A. Robert perhaps you hadn’t had a chance to read Street Scene published Aug. 22, 2021 wherein I mentioned that some Chick-fil-A restaurants are offering home delivery.

You may also have missed a number of Street Scene columns which address what the managers of Chick-fil-A have done over the evolution of their successful business model by bringing on additional student employment positions to take orders of people waiting in line to expedite moving the traffic, constructing overhead shelters to protect those kids and then joining them working the lines.

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In fact, the Chick-fil-A on Apalachee Parkway at the Target Store location has moved lock-stock-and-barrel to the Winn Dixie parking area at North Magnolia Drive and Governor’s Square Boulevard. 

This tells me they are indeed concerned about the potential for inattentive drivers putting themselves in a situation requiring sudden evasive maneuvers and possibly involving others with their carelessness.

As readers rely on Street Scene to know what is happening and why, I can attest a percentage of those vehicles on Capital Circle are waiting to access the Texas Roadhouse also enjoying similar success as Chick-fil-A with parking, indoor seating and curbside pickups overflowing capacity. When it comes to dining, we know what we want.

Safe driving for teens

Working closely with the insurance industry, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others, our Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition, with our very dedicated Melissa Valido at the helm, provides a wealth of understanding safe driving for young Florida drivers of which I share two examples:

1. Keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road; and this, one of my favorites, that gets the attention of students and teachers alike;

2. The Event Data Recorder (EDR) in your vehicle will not allow you to blame anyone other than yourself if your vehicle is subjected to and records sudden evasive maneuvers. You cannot blame the car, your parents, not your driving instructor, not even restaurant managers. Your vehicle responds and records inputs from you only. The State Trooper investigating your crash will tell you what happened. 

Thanks Melissa and your FTSDC staff and volunteers for teaching our young drivers the awesome responsibility of operating a motor vehicle and how to keep themselves and others safe. 

Every month should be bicycle month

Mary Kay wrote to Street Scene in May, so I’m a little late bringing this information to you which could have resulted in some missing great fun during the month of May. May is important because it is national bike month promoted by The League of American Bicyclists celebrated nationwide. 

Also celebrated with full gusto in communities in and around Tallahassee thanks to the Citizens Multimodal Advisory Committee Chair, Mary Kay Falconer. Although some of us missed the five neighborhood rides each Saturday in May, Kay reports not only the great turnout but the trend of increased bicycle sales is a positive for this fun healthy activity.

Let’s jump on our bicycles to follow Kay’s lead during the cooler less humid fall months fast approaching. It’s a good time to pass along Kay’s enthusiasm for safe cycling and enjoy this sport as we explore the countryside’s wide open beauty on a bicycle.

Local speed limit history 

Vanessa responds, with a tiny piece of local history, to Street Scene’s not-so-new idea. 

Some time ago I suggested changing the standard 30 mph, 45 mph designations on speed limit signs to 29 mph and 44 mph. When Vanessa was a kid during the 1980s and ’90s she remembers this community doing exactly that. They installed 44 mph signs on Miccosukee Road.

The signs became a problem since they were constantly having to replace them because people were stealing them as an unusual novelty. Vanessa writes, it’s unfortunate the experiment would end due to theft and thinks it would be neat if someone in Tallahassee still has one of those 44 mph signs. Yes indeed, it would be neat if somebody has one but I think it unlikely that person would want to show it. Removing a traffic control device is not considered a prank even if it is a sign. Thank you Vanessa for an interesting peek into Tallahassee’s past.

The book report

Q. Many are asking when my book, “Dangerous By Design,” will be available.

A. If reading your emails and writing Street Scene is like drinking from a firehose, which it is, incorporating your full Street Scene stories into the book is like being a firemen responding to five separate fires at the same time. Sometimes in five different cities. 

Book editors have a tendency to rearrange things so there is some back and forth that goes with it. And remember, since traffic problems are everywhere we go, I’m getting letters from all over the country.

As Sandy the globe trotter writes: the one constant when traveling by car is poor traffic conditions and the weather. Both are everywhere.

For the book I write the full story. Be patient, your book is coming.

Philip Stuart is a retired Florida State Trooper, Traffic Operations Projects Engineer and Forensics Expert Witness. Write to crashsites@embarqmail.com.

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