If you’re one of the 7.1 million Californians hitting the highway this holiday season, you may get a nice surprise: Cleaner, brighter and more accessible rest stops. At a cost of $13 million a year, nearly half of the state’s 87 rest stops have gotten makeovers since 2000 and all are supposed to be up to federal American’s with Disabilities Act standards by 2009. “You need to have good rest stops on the road. They are valuable,” said Marie Montgomery, Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman. “If people have this idea that they will be grungy, then there’s a reluctance to stop.” Visited by more than 100 million each year, the state’s rest areas were largely built during the 1960s and 1970s during the heyday of new freeway construction. In fact, the last rest stop to be built in California was back in 1984, said Caltrans spokeswoman Cassandra Hockenson. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonRest stops have a history in California nearly as old as the state. The state’s earliest rest areas began popping up along highways in 1868 as wayside stations to provide water and shade to travelers and livestock. Although times have changed, the need for rest stops has not. Feeling drowsy while on the road remains a top reason to pull over and take a break, Montgomery said. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2002 estimated that 100,000 police-reported crashes annually are the direct result of driver fatigue. These crashes cause more than 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries. “The big thing is making sure there’s a parking area where people can feel safe taking naps,” Montgomery said. “You find that restaurants don’t like you doing that, so it’s good to have public parking space where you can sleep.” By 2009, Caltrans officials say, all 87 state-run rest stops should be in compliance with the federal disability act – with bathrooms expanded, sidewalks repaired lighting improved. Eighty more rest stops are needed in California, according to a plan developed in 2000 by the Office of State Landscape Architecture. The proposal does not include a financial plan or time frame to construct them. Caltrans is first looking to build three new rest areas on the Golden State (5) Freeway between Kern and San Joaquin counties. Another four are under consideration for Southern California deserts. David Rizzo, a Fullerton transportation expert, argues that the state does not need additional rest stops because today’s highways are no longer isolated from cities and people, like they were during the 1960s and 1970s. “There are hardly any desolate places in California anymore,” Rizzo said. “The suburbs have encroached.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Today, 2nd January 2018, is a very special day in the history of a local tyre company, Ulster Tyres. 40 years ago, on January 2nd 1978, Ulster Tyres was founded by husband and wife team, Joe & Brighid McGinley.Prior to this, Joe had been working for a long number of years in the tyre industry. After a number of years serving as a director in another tyre company locally, he saw an opportunity for an opening in the tyre trade offering tyres to the specialist tyre retail trade, the car dealership sector and the consumer retail market and after taking the plunge to open their own business, they have now grown Ulster Tyres to become the biggest tyre distributor in Ireland.Ulster Tyres, Ballybofey in 2018.Reflecting on the past 40 years Joe commented, “Celebrating our 40th anniversary is more than a milestone, it’s a launch point into our next era of successful product offerings and for customers who depend on our services. Environmental sustainability, road safety and social responsibility have always been a commitment of ours and these are still of the utmost importance to our brand.” “Our first premises was located beside Whitehouse Motors in Ballybofey but the business quickly outgrew this premises, and in 1980, we moved to a purpose built warehouse and tyre fitting unit in Stranorlar & we have never looked back. In 1982, we opened a second outlet at Port Road in Letterkenny and 1984 we trebled our warehouse space and then in 2000 we added a multi-million euro extension to our premises at Stranorlar.” says Joe.Ulster Tyres continues to expand in 1993.Ulster Tyres in 2000. After they completed a multimillion pound investment.Ulster Tyres, Letterkenny in 2017.Ulster Tyres place their success on their vision, customer service & offerings. They are known for doing things differently. Their vision and their teams hard work ethos has made them the most respected industry leader in providing the best products services and solutions in their industry through constant innovation. At Ulster Tyres they adhere to strict professional standards and are known to set themselves apart from their competition.Brighid a native of Annagry, was the financial controller & joint director of the company. Three of their four children have also been involved in the business over the years. Anne Marie, Yvonne & Fiona have all worked in the business and Fiona, now runs the company.Pictured outside the FAI are Joe, Brighid & Anne Marie McGinley presenting a sponsorship cheque to Tommy Gaynor & Michael O Connor for Best Goal Score in the League of Ireland in 1983. Tommy Gaynor went on to play for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough.“Our parents instilled core traditional values in us growing up in a family business, that the customer must always be looked after & we owe alot of this to the team we have had over the past 40 years, they have all played a part in our success and that shows today, 40 years on. They have been a driving force because they offer and deliver exceptional customer service. It’s not always about offering the right brands at the right price, our team are committed to continuing our traditional values & visions and I am looking forward to bringing the business along to the next big milestone.” says Fiona. “We have had a long association with our local community, one of them being The Finn Harps Soccer Club and we encouraged soccer players in the League of Ireland for a number of years, by sponsoring a “league of Ireland’s top goal score”, which was an incentive for players from across Ireland’s clubs to score, we presented the winner each year with a cash prize! I wanted to make sure I gave the players an incentive to encourage them to score plenty of goals”. commented Joe.Ulster Tyres has storage capacity of over 60,000 square feet. They offer a substantial array of products to both trade and retail customers throughout Ireland and locally. The company & their team are highly respected as a single source point of information within the industry and are now the longest established tyre wholesaler in Ireland. They have over 200,000 tyres in stock at any one time.“From constantly introducing innovative business practices our core values from integrity, respect, accountability, open and honest communication, leadership and innovation have stood to our Ulster Tyres brand & name” concludes Fiona. Ulster Tyres celebrates 40 years in business! was last modified: January 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:40 yearsBallybofeyBrighid McGinleyJoe McGinleyULSTER TYRES