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Readers tell us about their thoughts on the Boston area’s worst traffic intersections.

Kudos to Jessie Scanlon for her thorough analysis of the issues Bostonians face every day as we try to negotiate travel through and around the city (“Stalled,” August 13). I live downtown and walk, cycle, and drive. Recent changes such as the Mass. Ave. bike lanes and intersection signs designed to prevent “blocking the box” have made a huge impact, in my view. These days I am more likely to be endangered or infuriated by pedestrians or cyclists, who don’t appear to know there are rules for them or choose to ignore them. I am convinced the answer is a combination of redesign, education, and enforcement, not only for drivers but also those who endanger us with their recklessness when walking and cycling.

Tracey Hughes / Boston

Thanks for the well-researched article. It reinforces my thinking that autonomous cars will do nothing good for Boston traffic. I wish that the tech and auto companies jumping onto that bandwagon would instead put that considerable investment of resources into working out solutions to all of our interconnected transportation problems. A self-driving car will be no better at sitting in a traffic jam than an ordinary human driver.

Andrew Fairbank

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Manchester, New Hampshire

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You need to get out of Boston to see the problem more clearly. I have heard Worcester rates worse than Boston (I am certain Worcester’s Kelley Square is worse than those you cite in Boston), and Massachusetts near the bottom of states. Yes, it is in part the toleration of horrible roadways, signage, and especially intersections. My recent experience from our children being trained and licensed is that neither the written exam nor the instructors emphasize enough diagnosing and acting on the concept of “right of way.” Some people feel if they have been waiting long enough, they should just pull out into traffic. It is consent on what is the right of way that makes driving civil or chaotic.

Todd Lewis /Holden

I deal daily with the congestion at Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street in Back Bay. Most of it is caused by cars that tried to beat the yellow light or, worse, enter the intersection while green and then, unable to exit the intersection, remain there, blocking traffic, through the following red cycle, preventing anybody from moving in any direction.

Mitch Benoff / Jamaica Plain

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