Private and gated communities attract people seeking increased safety and security. But speeding vehicles can threaten that safety and endanger the lives of pedestrians, cyclists, and young children. Here is a guide to help you work with your community to create safer, more livable streets.
8 Easy Steps to Safer Roads:
Assess the problem. Speak to neighbors; find out if others are concerned about speeding as well. Decisions in private communities are usually made based on majority votes, so rally your friends and neighbors to get involved in improving the safety of local roads.
Identify when, where, and why speeding is happening. Try to observe what times speeding is an issue and on which roads in your community. Consider where these cars are headed and what motivates their dangerous behavior.
Lead by example. Make sure you obey speed laws. When you drive slower, and more safely, cars behind you are more likely to do the same.
Communicate with your neighbors. Garner support for your cause and encourage others to get involved. Private communities are often home to vulnerable populations such as young children, pets, and the elderly. Why are safer roads particularly critical in your community? What can you do to help?
Collaborate with other local HOAs. Find out how other neighborhoods solved speeding concerns.
Discuss fundraising options with your neighbors as cities often have limited funding resources for road safety. Research which solutions would best improve safety in your community. Consider the importance of including each of the three E’s of safer roads: Education, engineering, and enforcement. Don’t limit yourself to any one option- consider educational campaigns, speed humps, speed cushions, radar signs, and speed cameras.
Be proactive. Prepare a presentation with all the information you’ve gathered. Include data on what the problem is, how residents feel about it, details you’ve gathered about speeding behavior, and the risk factors in your community. Set up a meeting to present your findings to the relevant board or city officials.
Stay calm. Present your findings calmly, clearly, and confidently. Discuss various options and convey the importance of taking action, including educating residents about the importance of slowing down. Remember that ultimately decisions will be made by majority opinion. Make sure everyone is well informed so they can best address this issue.
Once the process is over, make sure you follow up and express gratitude. If you don’t hear back, make sure to follow up on your appeal. Request a further meeting if no action is being taken. When progress is made, and a traffic calming plan is underway, make sure to thank the board for protecting your families and friends.