Another problem with "shortcuts" is, the stupid city keeps adding these bullshxt traffic calming devices to the side streets, be it speed bumps or a$$-tight traffic circles. They always piss me off because instead of doing any real meaningful roadwork to improve traffic flow, the city is fxxking wasting money on measures that further reduces traffic flow. Seriously, wtf is the city thinking?
Don't tell me it's all about children safety. You look before you cross the road, and you teach them to look before you take them crossing the road.