Friday, August 15, 2008

Illegal Speed Bumps Removed from NewHolly

Did anyone read this Seattle Times story about illegal speed bumps at NewHolly without cheering for the neighbors who took matters into their own hands?

Now that I know that in a couple years I'm going to have a toddler whom I may not always be able to stop from running into the street while trying to corral her into the car, I've worked with folks in my area to look into installing traffic mitigating devices around here. Because, even though my residential block is not a thoroughfare, I think some drivers speed down it because it's wider than nearby blocks. (And others speed down it because they're assholes.)

Here's the official city webpage on how to get traffic-calming measures in your neighborhood. (Yeah, good luck!)

A neighbor of mine looked into it further and was told that if our neighborhood proved that it had a whole lot of time to burn by first applying for other small grants for community improvements, we would be taken more seriously when it came time to try to get people to slow down. Huh?

A commenter at Rainier Valley Post recommends skipping the $900 trip to Costco for speed bumps and just making speed craters instead.


SouthParkRezident said...

Speed craters sound like more fun anyway, although I'm not sure if they're equally effective. I'm lucky enough to live in a neighborhood where traffic circles have been installed (before I even moved here) but they don't seem to keep the lunatics from speeding right up to them. Keep up the good work & all the best to you and the squirrel in the week to come!

ET said...

Getting a traffic circle isn't easy. I went through the process of trying to get one at the corner of 14th and Dakota, got the required signatures of all the neighbors and was then told by the city that the fire department wouldn't allow it. (would have been nice to have been told that before I greenlighted to go get signatures). I've asked about speed humps or other alternatives and have recieved zero response. Meanwhile there's been two head-on collisions the last couple years. I don't know why it's so hard to get traffic bumps on Beacon Hill when they abound in places like West Seattle, Queen Anne and Wedgewood. Maybe we don't have enough lawyers per capita living in our neighborhoods.

Anonymous said...

When plans were secured to close/repair the Fremont Bridge, the back side of Queen Anne hill had a barrage of speed bumps and one-way streets imposed so that folks couldn't go speeding up from Nickerson. And they didn't go away when the bridge reopened. Yeah, it definitely helps to have lawyers living in your hood.

et said...

That would be an interesting research question: how does the number of traffic mitigation installations per neighborhood over the past 5 years compares with personal incomes levels/socio-economic status of those same neighborhoods.

I'll bet it ain't pretty:)

MimiTabby said...

As a cyclist, i thought those were horrible and unsafe speed bumps, but I applaud their community spirit for actually installing them. Hopefully the city will give them something better soon.

Anonymous said...

We got a traffic circle installed on our corner (We are in Wedgwood - note, no second E) but it certainly was a ton of work, especially for the neighbor who took the task on himself, pretty much. Other neighbors had tried to get circles put at two consecutive intersections after multiple accidents and excessive speeding but there was not a specific person in charge at that point and the whole project didn't get chased, and therefore didn't happen. But, when my next-door neighbor decided to be the single contact in charge of the whole project and delegate tasks (I went door-to-door for signatures and literally got every single house, someone else sat out there with the police-issued radar gun recording speeds of drivers) then he was able to keep at it in a pretty short amount of time (six months).

I think comments about having lawyers per capita, etc. are petty and unnecessary.

Wendi Dunlap said...

Eh. I think there is some truth to it.

But we are on Beacon Hill and have had a traffic circle installed in the last decade, and the process didn't take too long. It's not impossible. Someone does have to take the project on and sort of push it through, though. I wasn't the one who did so I don't know all the details. I know that one of the neighbors was against the circle because she thought it would interfere with driving her RV, but we got the circle anyway.

heather williams said...

We have approval by the city to get speed humps - but we have to pony up 6200 out of pocket to get them, these traffic circles you got, did the city pay for them? We are raking our brains trying to come up with the cash to get the speed bumps installed.. we need help.