|July 1, 2002 -- Jessica Wehrman, of Scripps-Howard News Service, called me a few weeks ago and wanted to do an article on speedbumps, and wanted to know if I'd chat with her. Is snow white? Her finished product appears in Scripps- Howard papers across the country. You can read the article at the Naples News site here in Florida. CLICK HERE to read it. (Dunno how long it'll be there!) I think you'll agree she did a good, balanced article, giving something to both sides.||
Recently received an email from Gary Ensmenger in Orange County. Gary
relates some things that are happening there, and makes a whole lot of
CLICK HERE |
(A PORTION OF AN ARTICLE IN THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, May 3, 2001, Page D1)|
TURKEYS BECOME 'BUMP' IN THE ROAD
by John Kennedy, Tallahassee Bureau Chief
TALLAHASSEE -- Sen. Jim Horne said Wednesday that he's tired of having his Mustang convertible rattled by speed bumps when he drives on a Tallahassee street leading to the airport.
So the Senate's powerful budget chairman has done something about it. He tucked into Florida's $48.3 billion budget a provision that orders Leon County to remove the bumps or lose $458 million in state highway money.
"Sure, it's micromanagement," conceded Horne, R-Orange Park. "But if you put it up for a vote, I think everybody in the Legislature would vote to get rid of those speed bumps."
(BALANCE OF ARTICLE NOT PERTINENT, NOT SHOWN HERE)
(Copyright (c) 2001 Orlando Sentinel)
Wouldn't it be terrific if Sen. Horne didn't discriminate against the REST OF US in Florida and imposed the same provisions on the entire STATE?!!! Why should Leon County enjoy special privileges? Maybe because the politicians have to travel over the bumps? Do you think our county commissioners here in Seminole County would have these bumps if THEY had to travel over them every day? And Sen. Horne is absolutely correct when he says "if you put it up for a vote, everybody ... would vote to get rid of those speed bumps." Why not have Seminole County PUT it up for a vote?
Fed up. Syl LaFata (right)
and Ken Nelson of the
No Speed Bumps! Committee have
had enough of bumps!
The Orlando Sentinel)
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD -- Letters, reports:
Death of two blamed on speedbumps!
10,000 citizens irate, sign anti-hump petition -- Nov 98
Two writers write speed humps illegal and arbitrary.
Click on the star to see the Orange County, Florida web site!
The citizens of Orange County are fighting the speed humps installation on Lake Price Road. Their web page has many links to other web pages containing a wealth of information on speed bumps.
You gotta be kidding!!! FIVE INCHES HIGH?
Many of us don't think about the special problems that speed bumps provide
as significant access barriers to DISABLED persons. ROAD ACCESS FOR DISABLED
AMERICANS (RADA) has an excellent web page containing much information relating
to these specific problems. It includes some humor, also, as this RV owner
said, "Make sure nobody is on the potty when you go over a speed bump." Also,
a bumper sticker, "Honk if You Love Peace and Quiet!" We are interested in
finding disabled persons who are having problems with the speed bumps. Click
on the star above to look at the RADA web site!
Ultimate goal! Pulling up the speed humps!
(Picture courtesy of RADA)
It seems that St. Pete, FL is having its problems with traffic, too. Much
talk about installing speed bumps on Spanish Vistas Drive, a convenient
shortcut for many. One interesting suggestion made was to install "NO THRU
TRAFFIC" signs on the street, cutting off the shortcut. Sounds a lot better
to me than the odious speed bumps! Click on the yellow star above to read the
article in the St. Pete Times!
AT FIRST GLANCE you would expect traffic calming to raise property prices
wherever it is installed... In fact, there is evidence that traffic-calming
measures may even reduce the investment value of a house or apartment, says
David Rudnick, The Times, September 20, 2000, in "Humps and Bumps Can Drive
He adds, "Road humps in particular can cause noise and fumes as drivers brake and then accelerate away from them. This may not be immediately apparent when prospective buyers call to see your residence, but if they find themselves stuck behind a bus or delivery vehicle on the way they will notice all right!"
Some Real Estate experts say that the nominal loss in value of a house near a speedhump is about 8%. (That's $8,000 on a house worth $100,000!) And it takes longer to sell the house.
In 1978, The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) said this about speed bumps:
California courts have held public agencies liable for personal injuries resulting from faulty designs. Increased hazard to the unwary; challenges to the dare-devils; disruption of the movement of both emergency and service vehicles; and undesirable increase in noise, have caused speed bumps to be officially rejected as a standard traffic control device on public streets and alleys. Click on the star to read.
Note that the state of California holds public agencies liable for personal injuries and accidents caused by speed bumps.
|Houston, Texas has a wealth of information on speed humps on its web page. Says its speed humps save one child's life in 400 years, but causes the death of many others in so doing. Includes emergency vehicle statistics from all over the country, and a veritable plethora of reasons WHY YOU DON'T WANT SPEED HUMPS! You can even pick up a neat bumper sticker for a buck! Click the red star to check it out!|
AATC -- Americans Against Traffic Calming -- has a most complete collection
of speed hump problems, tells how many towns have gotten rid of speed humps, a
story of English buses that won't travel on road with speed humps -- a veritable
gold mine of information from all over the world! Click on the red star to see
||This guy says he blows his horn over every speed bump -- says he has to do his part to announce his presence to any little urchin within earshot that he is coming down the road (We don't know if that is a good idea). Read his comments by clicking on the yellow star.|
The STOP CHICKEN LITTLE Speed Hump Information Site -- in Portland,
Maine -- one of the worst traffic calming disasters in the nation!
And it could happen here in Seminole County, too! (This web site
is temporarily down.)
Seminole County Commissioner Maloy now reports in an email that 90% of the
citizens in a neighborhood is now required before speed humps are installed.
It now seems that we are safe from the annoyance of new installations, however,
we've got to get rid of the bone-jarrers that we presently have. Click on the
star to read Commissioner Maloy's email.
"BUMP AND GRIND" by Katy Reckdahl is an article appearing in
Minneapolis/St. Paul's CITY PAGES. It seems like "An urban
design trend rattles tempers and suspensions."
Click on yellow star above to read it.
We are not a fan of ANY form of Traffic Calming -- a negative
approach, at best... BUT it is important to realize that there
are OTHER forms of TC... which are less catastrophic than speedhumps!!! We
don't need to affect emergency vehicles! Click on each thumbnail
below to see a large picture of other forms of TC:|
All photos courtesy of Portland, Oregon web site at:
Click Here to visit that site!
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