Saturday, May 09, 2009
For the past few days surveyors and other contractors have been busy on the streets of my neighborhood spray painting areas with underground water mains and gas pipes. Yesterday, I saw the markings for the traffic-calming "bulbs" (description and examples) for some of our heavily trafficked streets. While some other projects got dropped from the streetscape concept due to delays at Public Works and a lack of oversight at both the MDHA and neighborhood level, it is great to know that the bulbs are going to be installed. I always considered traffic-calming one of the more important priorities in this concept and as an elected Community Advisory Committee member for the entire timeline of the streetscape project, I argued vigorously and voted endlessly for the bulbs to be a main component. I feel like we owed it to our pedestrians and to the children who are at risk because of the speed with which vehicular traffic flows along our main arteries. While MDHA cancelled trees and trash receptacles intended for the bulbs, losing the bulbs themselves would have gutted a vital dimension of the project.