RE: [carfree_cities] Advice on traffic calming, anyone?
- Michael Schramm wrote:
>The neighborhood association in the subdivision I reside in will soonScary.
>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
>Let me briefly describe the situation in my neighborhood for you:How often are houses ever struck by golf balls?
>Approximately 150 homes are situated in proximity to an 18 hole golf
>course, many of which are lined along the fairways.
>Garages are notIt doesn't seem as if it would be to hard to put in sidewalks.
>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.
>The endIs that 35 mph speed limit ever enforced?
>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.
>I recently asked a neighborhood patrol volunteer why no sidewalks.To me that seems quite odd.
>His response was simply "we didn't want them".
>My response to him was that this is why everyone feels carC'est vie.
>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...
>Anyway, if anyone on this forum has advice to share when I address theYou might want to check out this URL. Dawson
>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