Are you worried about the constant speeding on your street and neighborhood and you wish to do something to stop it?
Traffic calming is the name given to measure that seek to give an order to the traffic in a way that it balances both its frequency and its intensity- that is; measures to make the traffic flow for cars without having them to speed putting pedestrians at risk. And it includes a lot of actions that can make cars stop speeding in your neighborhood, like installing signs, speed bumps and more.
However, you cannot just go to the street and do your own traffic calming. Modifying the street and its signals is actually a crime from which you can get arrested!
What you need to do is contact your municipality and request traffic calming measures. It’s as simple as that.
Now, there are worlds away from the way one municipality to another when it comes to their demand and preferences. So, since a “speeding crisis” needs to be solved ASAP, it’s important you arrive at your local authority with a compelling case. Here are some things you should keep an eye on:
From there on, you should gather your neighbors and produce the campaign. Not only the paperwork required but, if possible, some sort of activist actions. We’re not saying to picket in front of city hall – though if it’s really bad… why not? A citizen not afraid to speak up for his rights is Peak America - but, you know, you can propose videos on social media to be sent to local authority profiles, schedule meetings to follow up on the project… All we’re saying is that the work to stop speeding in your neighborhood does not stop when you deliver the request. It only ends when whatever adequate traffic calming measures are taken. Good luck!