Are there speeding cars on your street? Do you know of a road that’s dangerous to cross on foot because drivers can’t see pedestrians or are reluctant to stop for them?
Those are situations that sometimes call for traffic-calming measures. These can include roundabouts (aka traffic circles), chicanes, bump outs, crosswalks and other improvements.
The Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council is soliciting traffic-calming requests for 2015. All you have to do is go to the City traffic-calming page and download the residential or arterial traffic-calming form depending on where you’d like to see the proposed improvement. The application itself is fairly self-explanatory and straightforward.
If you want some examples and ideas of the options available to you (for example, speed bumps are generally discouraged because of snow plowing), take a look at this comprehensive traffic-calming toolbox document (PDF link). That has pictures as well as the pros and cons of different solutions.
Once you’ve filled out the application, bring it to the next Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council meeting on Wednesday, February 11, starting at 6pm in the Corbin Senior Center (827 W Cleveland). The EGNC will then review it, vote on it, adjust any details and finally submit the top two requests to the City for consideration prior to the general March 2 deadline. That means you have just under one month.
Unsure what to ask for or how to fill out the application? The City is hosting a helpful traffic-calming workshop next Wednesday, January 21 from 6 to 7:30pm at the West Central Community Center (1603 N Belt).
Feel free to pose any questions in the comments below or get in touch with the E-G Neighborhood Council through our contact form.