Speed humps appear to be a very
polarizing issue. It seems that most people either love 'em or they
really hate 'em. So far, I've not had any comments in the middle.
I'd like to caution everyone that this issue should have us at each other's
throats. I think we'd all agree that we want cars to travel at the
speed limit in our neighborhood. It's really just an issue
of how to best accomplish that goal. So, if you're angry that
I'm opposed to speed humps or if you're mad at your next door neighbor
for favoring them, let's all remember that people of good conscience may
see issues differently and disagree. Let's respect one another, please.
Comments in favor of speed humps
will be in dark red. Those opposed in green.
No Name Left - was in favor
of the speed humps.
Byron Wise of SW 5th - opposed
Bob McKey - Very
well articulated opinion favoring humps.
No Name left - says one advantage
of adding humps to 38th is that there will be no incentive to avoid SW
2nd Place anymore. ( I think this was meant as negative)
Claudia Munnis Writes - I think
SW 2nd Place is a pretty offensive looking sight with all the signs, bumps,
and stipes - I call it Traffic School Road! I don't mind the speed
bumps - they're kind of fun, like ridding the ferris wheel. The little
bumps and stop sign at the corner are overkill. I'm assuming the
residents on that street wanted all of this installed. They're the
ones that have to live on that street - if they like it, so be it.
If it saves one child's life, it's worth it. HOWEVER, couldn't we
have a more asthetically pleasing way of accomplishing this mission in
the rest of the neighborhood? I think you've begun a good dialogue.
I love having the opportunity to express how ugly I think these traffic
control devices are. Thanks.
Kyle adds, I agree they're pretty
unattractive. We really do live in a nice neighborhood. Surely,
the City can do something that's attractive, won't injure paramedics and
firemen, but will still slow down agressive speeders. Like Claudia,
I heard a lot of folks say "if the speed humps save one child, they're
worth it." I'd agree with that, except that we may be endangering
the kids and others by adding the humps. It appears that a child
gets killed by a car about every 15 to 20 years in the neighborhood (not
just 38th street). That's tragic and we surely want to find a way
to keep kids safe. The question is, why
can't we do it without endangering the rest of our community and destroying
our roads? I'm serious. There
are so many alternatives that it boggles the mind why the City resorts
to the most hideous methods of traffic control. If we add speed humps
which protect the kids from automobiles on 38th, but another child dies
because the fire department took an extra minute to reach their house,
did we gain anything?