A Resident's Guide

City engineers receive hundreds of complaints each year from residents who are concerned about speeding on their streets. rubber traffic calmingHere are a few tips that might help you address these issues by working with your neighbors and city officials.

  1. Get organized! Since city officials field numerous complaints each year regarding speed, it’s important that you work with your neighbors to make sure that your requests are heard. This is done by uniting your neighborhood together to contact appropriate authorities. City officials are more likely respond to numerous complaints than if only one or two people are contact them.
  2. Identify when the speeding problem is occurring. You can help yourself and your city officials if you pay attention to specifics. Write down the dates and time when you notice speeding vehicles to see if you can identify a pattern. The city is more likely to encounter the speeding problem if you can tell them when they need to be there.
  3. Talk to your family about slowing down as they drive through your neighborhood. You can create a traffic calming effect as you maintain the speed on your street and cause other motorists to drive slower.
  4. Talk to your neighbors about what they are willing to do to solve the speeding problem in your neighborhood. Too often, the problem is caused by the very residents who are complaining about it. Be prepared to make changes in your driving behavior.
  5. If possible, speak to adjoining homeowners associations to see if you can enter into a mutual agreement to drive slower in each other’s neighborhoods. Studies have shown that while motorists will drive slowly in their own neighborhoods, they will often begin speeding only a block or two away from their homes.
  6. One obstacle that prohibits cities from installing traffic calming devices on residential streets is lack of money. Speak to your neighbors and see what kind of financial commitment they are willing to make to slow down the traffic on their streets.
  7. Work with your city representatives such as council members or assemblymen and women. They can be your most helpful allies in finding a solution to your speeding problem
  8. Finally, keep your cool! City officials are more likely to respond to you favorably if you don’t lose control of your senses.