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Friday, December 05, 2003

From the BBC:

A group of residents in Port Talbot say they are being driven crazy by the traffic calming measures introduced by their council.
People living on the Sandfields Estate have started a campaign to remove the speed bumps put in place by Neath Port Talbot Council to enforce a 20mph speed limit.

The campaigners say they support the speed restriction but cannot tolerate the added noise pollution they say the humps have created.

Some also claim that traffic driving over the bumps has caused structural damage to their homes.

"The thumping noise over the speed humps is causing a lot of vibration in our homes and now its causing cracks to appear in our interior walls," says John Lewis, a resident of Sandfields for 42 years and one of the founders of the No Bumps campaign.

"The vans and lorries have adopted the attitude that the faster they go over them the better, so they're doing speeds of 40mph here regularly".

posted by Ontario  # 08:07

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Palo Alto officials Thursday night presented their suggestions for the future of controversial roadblocks in the area north of downtown, and decided to skip polling the neighborhood about what to do -- because no one could decide whose opinion should count.

More than 100 people turned out at Avenidas senior center as city planners discussed the future of seven street barriers and other ``traffic-calming'' measures, installed in the 24 blocks north of downtown.

The options ranged from removing all the barriers to keeping them and adding more traffic restrictions. Most would be added on a trial basis.

The barriers, part of a six-month trial that began in June, were intended to reduce the number of cars -- and they wildly succeeded, cutting out an estimated 90 percent of non-neighborhood traffic, surveys showed.

But six one-block segments have experienced spikes in traffic, as have Lytton Avenue and Middlefield Road....

posted by Ontario  # 08:02


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