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speeds should not exceed 20-25 miles per hour here.
See the following webpages:
A raised intersection in Portland: http://streetswiki.wikispaces.com/Raised+In
Some other effective traffic calming measures: http://www.pps.org/livememtraffic/
Hi business man, I think widening the road would only make it worse. People already drive way over the speed limit here because it feels and looks like a highway. People drive the way a road makes them feel like driving- fast when it's open and wide, and slow when it's narrow and busy with lots of things to see.
Narrowing down from four to two lanes would make people slow down to the posted speed limit (just like the on street parking on Whitney Ave further down in New Haven forces people to slow down). It might also bring them in for more business, if they have time to look where they're going and see lots of other people walking around this area and frequenting the shops.
I agree wholeheartedly that making the businesses look more attractive from the outside and selling quality products inside makes a difference.
At the same time, I do disagree that adding more lanes improves traffic flow. Studies show that it actually makes things worse, is only a short term solution, and is disproportionately expensive. In fact, adding lanes really is the "old-fashioned" way of doing things. The US Dept of Transportation is now purposely reducing lanes on congested highways. Take a look at these links on the topic:
Hi longtime Whitneyville resident. I think it's important to keep in mind that improving the quality of life for everyone benefits everyone. Making Whitney avenue safer is an excellent idea. At this very point in the road, many families bring young children to the preschool across the street, and lots of elderly folks frequent the grocery store.
It's not at all unreasonable to want to improve things in our neighborhood. It's the neighborhoods with people who are afraid to speak out or don't feel empowered to improve things that have serious problems that only get worse.
i saw a crash at the cemetery wall here a couple of weeks back.
someone didn't notice traffic slowed for the light, and tried to pass stopped cars on the right, and ran the red light, only to lose control of his car and crash into the wall.