Many reasons to oppose speed tables
July 10, 2013 12:14 AM | 1153 views | 1 1 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Re: Speed tables in Whitlock Heights.

Our property values are already under enough downward pressure without the impact of speed tables. I am opposed to speed humps/bumps/tables in our neighborhoods for a variety of reasons. Here are a few:

• Unnecessary. I find the notion that people speed though Whitlock Heights laughable. With the curvy roads, sharp turns, regular stop signs and roads that seem to always pitch to the outside of every curve, one would be hard-pressed to speed. I have lived here for over 20 years and have never witnessed anyone truly speeding. Oh, the occasional driver may hit 35 in a 30 mph zone, but 5 miles per hour over the speed limit seems a reasonable margin of error. 40 mph would be very hard to do here. Most drive well below the speed limit.

• Misperception. Our neighborhood is filled with many older folks. They are nice enough, but tend to perceive problems where they don’t exist. I cannot count the number of times I have passed older neighbors out walking while motioning with their hands for every driver to slow down. Almost without exception, I have looked at my speedometer to realize I am generally already 5-10 mph below the speed limit. Their perception is simply not all that accurate. This misperception, however, is not limited to the elderly. Many younger folks suffer from the same misperception when walking, running and biking along our streets. Cars apparently always appear faster when on the road with them.

• Property Value. I am quite confident that speed tables, etc., have an adverse impact on property values. I know I would never buy a home where I had to cross a series of these. I am sure many others feel the same way. For a host of reasons, our property values are already devastatingly low, and appear to be stagnant when compared to property in nearby communities. The last thing we need to do is to self-inflict further erosion of real estate values.

• Punish the Guilty. I suspect those in favor of these carry the liberal mindset that seems to always want to punish the majority for the sins of a few. If there are speeders in our neighborhood, they are few ... very few, indeed. I suspect we would be punishing the 98 percent of local drivers for the occasional 2 percent or less. Moreover, we would be punishing ourselves for the sake of drivers who don’t live here. Laws are in place. Let the police deal with the occasional speeder. Punish the guilty, not the innocent.

• Onerous. In my experience, a driver has to slow down to about half the speed limit to comfortably cross these humps. How irritating would a drive across a series be on a daily basis? Once again, we would wind up punishing the innocent for the sake of a very few. What nuisance.

• Wear & Tear. The regular trip across these will surely have a wear and tear effect on our vehicles. No matter how slow you go, they pitch the car up and down as they are crossed. The constant braking for each hump reduces brake life as well.

• Emergency Response. It is doubtful the fire, ambulance, and police will be thrilled with having to brake to cross these things. But, when every second counts, having to slow down and carefully cross each table would certainly slow response times down commensurately.

Tim Day

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Lisa Schneiderman
July 10, 2013
I completely agree with you Mr. Day and wish you luck in finding support on your neighborhood. Unfortunately, those who are opposed to speed tables are vilified as uncaring for the safety of others (see today's response to my comments in a previous article).

What's unfortunate is the system and procedure is flawed ... our HOA found loopholes that the city is now reacting to; I'm afraid it might be too late for fairness in Lee's Crossing. Tonight's vote should tell that story. Sure feels as though it's an up hill battle ... everyone in power seems to be in favor and no one is willing to say NO.
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