Living relatively close to Hamilton International Middle School, I often see drivers frantically race their children to school on N. 41st, which is an non-arterial street. And several times when I’ve been out walking the dogs, I’ve almost been plowed over by folks driving southbound on Wallingford and hooking a sharp right onto N. 41st without looking out for pedestrians. It’s enough to drive me crazy, and I often try not to walk the dogs between 7:30 and 8:00am to avoid the frenzy. I’d be curious to hear from other folks, too, who live by neighborhood schools. Do you feel that people often exceed the 25 mph speed limit on non-arterials?
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has a “Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program” in place, so if you live on a non-arterial street in the neighborhood and feel that there are far too many cars that exceed the 25 mph speed limit, then you might want to consider attending the department’s Traffic Safety Meeting on Wednesday, September 12:
Sick and tired of cars racing through your neighborhood? Worried about the safety of pedestrians and bicycle riders on your streets – especially concerned for your own or neighbors’ children? Wish you could do something about it? Well, you can. Did you know SDOT has a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program?
The department will hold a Traffic Safety Meeting on September 12, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Lake City Library located at 12501 28th Avenue NE. The meeting is an opportunity to learn all about the options available to help you and your neighbors tame the traffic on your street. The gathering is open to everyone, not just residents of Lake City. For example you’ll learn about speed watch trailers and enforcement, neighborhood signs like the one seen in the graphic above and more. You’ll be told what steps you must take to get the ball rolling and the criteria the SDOT uses to prioritize projects. You’ll hear about possible funding for your neighborhood program and you’ll see a demonstration on the proper use of radar speed guns.
So, stop commiserating with your neighbors about the speeders on your street and do something – come to the meeting and start to take control – you can tackle and tame traffic in your neighborhood and we’ll be delighted to help you!
For more information, please visit our Neighborhood Traffic Control Program website.