There has been a lot of concern surrounding speeding in Westwood lately. Residents feel as though the issue has been getting worse and feeling helpless at resolving it. While we currently have a petition running to see if there is enough interest to take it to the appropriate department, there are other things that can be done right now.
In doing some research, there were a few things that stood out to help resolve the speeding issue without the use of speed bumps, stops signs, etc… While the first one may not be ideal for Westwood as most streets are not very wide and it may do more harm than good, the suggestion is to park on the street. By parking on the street, it seems to slow drivers down due to the obstruction. However, this can be an issue on most of our streets and probably best to be avoided. If you do park on the street, please remember these few tips…
- Do not bock driveways
- Do not park where it may obstruct oncoming traffic
The second suggestion is to place children’s items (bikes, skateboard, baseball bat, etc…) toward the front of your yard by the street. By doing this, drivers may associate these items with children and more than likely will slow down due to thinking that there are children in the area somewhere.
The last suggestion is to drive below the speed limit when traveling through Westwood. Unfortunately, this will not help with those speeders who live in Westwood but it just might help with those who do not. If drivers are using Westwood as a cut through to other areas they will be more likely to find another way if everyone in the neighborhood is driving below the speed limit. Chances are, speeders are in a rush and will avoid our streets if the think they will get stuck driving slower than they want to.
Taking into consideration these 3 suggestions, which do you think, if any, might make a difference in Westwood? Do you think you will try one of these suggestions, or do you already do one of them? If so, which one? Let us know in the comments below.