Safe recreation is a fundamental part of HOA life. Whether biking, swimming, a game of baseball, or playing fetch, recreation promotes physical activity and contributes to the well-being of individuals and families. But making sure that your roads are safe is crucial to ensure that everyone feels safe playing in your community.
Is Play Really So Important?
You likely offer your residents a swimming pool, tennis courts, ball fields, and more. But how important are those amenities really? Physical activity is more than just simply exercise; it promotes better physical and emotional health as well as an overall state of wellness. Recreational activities also strengthen social bonds, foster a sense of community, and serve as an outlet for stress relief. With the recognition of play as so fundamental to your residents’ health, what can you do to ensure they can get to their activities, and engage in them, safely?
Risks of Golf Carts
Golf carts have become increasingly popular on HOA roads, whether to play golf, perform maintenance, or simply get around. However, their usage can pose dangers to those using them and others around them. Golf carts lack the safety features that other motor vehicles typically have. Yet they go fast enough to cause serious injury if a pedestrian is hit or an occupant is thrown from the cart. Limiting their speeds with physical traffic calming or employing interactive speed solutions can help protect your residents from the dangers golf carts present.
Speeding on Your Roads
You probably already know that speeding vehicles pose a risk to resident safety. But they can also undermine people’s interest or motivation to engage in recreational activities. When people feel worried that a speeding car may hurt them or their children, they are far less likely to head to the pool or let their child go for a bike ride. In addition, for those people who continue to pursue recreational opportunities, speeding cars make crashes more likely and more likely to cause serious injuries or even death.
Resident Concerns and Community Liability
In many HOAs, residents complain about safety concerns. Often, those concerns are recorded along with board meeting minutes. In a case where an injury or property damage ensues, your HOA may be liable for failing to respond to complaints. A simple solution would be to assess whether complaints are accurate. In many cases they may not be, in which case you are not liable to provide a solution. When speeding actually is occurring, there are many ways you can protect your community’s roads.
Protecting Your Community
There are many ways to keep your community safe so that residents can enjoy recreational facilities and activities. The first step to a safe community is to conduct a risk assessment. Tools like Speed Tracker from Traffic Logix can help you determine whether speeding is actually occurring. Measuring speed is important since a bystander can never accurately assess how fast a vehicle is going.
When cars aren’t actually speeding, clear reporting from Speed Tracker can be shared with community members so that they’re aware that you assessed the risk and determined roads to be safe. If cars are speeding, there are many options you can employ to slow them down. Our HOA speed cameras are a popular choice to warn speeders and encourage compliance with posted speed limits. We also offer a full range of interactive radar speed signs, recycled rubber speed humps, and flexible curbing to create dedicated lanes for walking, biking, or golf carts.
From assessing risk to putting a safety plan into place, Traffic Logix has everything you need for a safer community with recreation opportunities that prioritize the safety and well-being of every resident.