Letter to the Editor | Residents interested in slowing traffic on their streets should attend Dec. 6 Council meeting

Piedmonters interested in slowing traffic in their neighborhoods should review the city’s traffic plan, Piedmont Safer Streets, and tune into Monday night’s City Council meeting. The installation of speed humps was the most popular traffic calming element in the community survey conducted for the PSS – 75% strongly/somewhat support speed humps. Yet the staff report for Monday’s meeting concludes:

“From the review of past installations by the City, residents have not favored the low-cost installations to reduce speeding, instead a more attractive and permanent solution is preferred.”

Staff’s proposal to develop a neighborhood traffic calming program seems a “go slow” approach to what is the number one safety concern of the community – traffic speed. As it did with the installation of stop signs several years ago, the City should take a more proactive approach and identify probable locations for speed hump and engage the community in implementation.

The PSS also calls for the installation of bicycle corridors throughout the city. These corridors require the installation of street signage and in some cases, the stenciling of the street to designate areas of the lane bicyclists can occupy. The map of these corridors is on page 54 of the staff report HERE.

Residents interested in these and other traffic safety issues should review the report linked above and attend Monday’s council meeting via Zoom. Public comment can be sent to citycouncil@piedmont.ca.gov or jtulloch@piedmont.ca.gov

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