3 Oct 2000 09:20
RE: Advice on traffic calming, anyone?
Ronald Dawson <rdadddmd@...>
2000-10-03 07:20:14 GMT
2000-10-03 07:20:14 GMT
Michael Schramm wrote: >The neighborhood association in the subdivision I reside in will soon >be staging a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. In view of the >observances I've made on motorist habits here I've spoken with the >president and requested that he make traffic calming a top agenda >item. He fortunately agreed and informed me the issue has come up >before--but I think his reception to the idea was piqued when he told >me of his recent incident--a driver actually went around his car and >sped on through an intersection as he was decelerating for a posted >stop sign. Scary. >Let me briefly describe the situation in my neighborhood for you: >Approximately 150 homes are situated in proximity to an 18 hole golf >course, many of which are lined along the fairways. How often are houses ever struck by golf balls? >Garages are not >allowed to face the street, there are a number curvilinear streets >with cul-de-sacs and streets are relatively free of parked cars. Now >here's the paradox to that innate visceral sense that automobiles are >blight on the landscape: The neighborhood completely lacks sidewalks, >has a 35 mph speed limit and the streets are VERY wide. It doesn't seem as if it would be to hard to put in sidewalks. >The end >result as you might surmise is that motorists have total reign >here--there are very few pedestrians and bicyclists about and >certainly no children present. Motorists enjoy a completly >unobstructed view and can easily drive 40 to 45 mph (which I often >see) along the main artery. Is that 35 mph speed limit ever enforced? >I recently asked a neighborhood patrol volunteer why no sidewalks. >His response was simply "we didn't want them". To me that seems quite odd. >My response to him was that this is why everyone feels car >patrolling is needed, everyone is shut inside their "sensory >deprivation chamber" that passes for a home. Had their been measures >taken to instill a community bond, i.e. wide sidewalks, speed bumps, >vegetated medians to restrict driver vision, etc., we could enjoy a >safe, livable community where people would associate with one another. >He looked at me like I came from the Moon... C'est vie. >Anyway, if anyone on this forum has advice to share when I address the >issue on traffic calming, I would much appreciate it. Oh, nearly >forgot, the residents who were SO OPPOSED to the installation of three >neighborhood stop signs (reluctantly put in when motorists were seen >driving at 55 mph) are now the biggest champions of auto speed >abatement. You might want to check out this URL. Dawson http://pti.nw.dc.us/task_forces/transportation/docs/trafcalm/