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Jenji Henson
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by Jenji Henson on July 29th, 2010

I was just talking to a friend in Crestview who loves the new speed cushions. I know a lot of people hate speed bumps, but he said these aren't as hard on the cars, and they work.
 
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Jenji Henson
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by Jenji Henson on July 29th, 2010

I was just talking to a friend in Crestview who loves the new speed cushions there. I know a lot of people hate speed bumps, but he said these aren't as hard on the cars, and they work. Perhaps they would be a good idea for Zach Scott.
 
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Brandon Kraft
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by Brandon Kraft on July 29th, 2010

I'm willing to drive that way and try those. My experiences with cushions and bumps is that folks speed between and brake hard, or if it is a commercial truck, drive between them and go full speed (and now in the middle of the road.)

I'm interested too if there is a noticeable sound associated with them since there is little space between homes and the street. At our old place, we could hear folks driving over them while inside.

I dislike the use of stop signs as speed control, but wonder if the traffic at Z. Scott and Mattie could justify one?
 
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by Brandon Kraft on July 29th, 2010

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Jessica Lovejoy
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by Jessica Lovejoy on July 29th, 2010

Betsy,

Has there ever been any discussion about speed bumps on Zach Scott? There are some pretty fast drivers, and as Brandon notes above, it is easy to "zone out' on a wide straight street. I'm particularly concerned about increased traffic once Berkman goes through to 51st.
 
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Grace
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by Grace on July 29th, 2010

A lot of people seem to cut through our neighborhood at the ZS/Airport "entrance" over to the Manor "exit." This may explain some speeding ... they're looking for a quick short cut.

I'm okay with speed bumps, etc. Do I like them? No... but I'm willing to be slightly inconvenienced if it means our neighborhood becomes kind of a pain in the butt for other people to speed thru. People drive really fast down Mattie, too (between ZS & the pool). It's only one block, not sure what the big eff'in hurry is?? Lots of kids and dogs play out there.
 
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by gregg on July 29th, 2010

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Has there ever been any discussion about speed bumps on Zach Scott?...


I'm not a huge fan of digging up stuff that just got built, but a fancy tweak to the 'speed bump' (or cushion or table) is the raised crosswalk:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drdul/180848518/sizes/m/in/photostream/
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photo Richard Drdul http://farm1.static.flickr.com/62/180848518_00885a3df2.jpg

It has the advantage of slowing cars down at the pedestrian crossings, plus it eliminates the slope for wheelchairs, strollers, etc. to navigate. This image has the added median planter, but might not fit on our fair and narrow Zach Scott.
 
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by danx111 on July 29th, 2010

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A lot of people seem to cut through our neighborhood at the ZS/Airport "entrance" over to the Manor "exit." This may explain some speeding ... they're looking for a quick short cut.

I'm okay with speed bumps, etc. Do I like them? No... but I'm willing to be slightly inconvenienced if it means our neighborhood becomes kind of a pain in the butt for other people to speed thru. People drive really fast down Mattie, too (between ZS & the pool). It's only one block, not sure what the big eff'in hurry is?? Lots of kids and dogs play out there.


Several months ago I contacted the APD Central East Commander, Raul Munguia, 974-5900, Raul.munguia@ci.austin.tx.us about cars speeding in and around the traffic circle where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic and he had extra patrols assigned to the area. If he gets more requests he may bring them back
 
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doug
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by doug on July 29th, 2010

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[quote]Has there ever been any discussion about speed bumps on Zach Scott?...[/quote]

I'm not a huge fan of digging up stuff that just got built, but a fancy tweak to the 'speed bump' (or cushion or table) is the raised crosswalk:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drdul/180848518/sizes/m/in/photostream/
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photo Richard Drdul http://farm1.static.flickr.com/62/180848518_00885a3df2.jpg

It has the advantage of slowing cars down at the pedestrian crossings, plus it eliminates the slope for wheelchairs, strollers, etc. to navigate. This image has the added median planter, but might not fit on our fair and narrow Zach Scott.


Greg, thanks for the post. There are several relatively new treatments out there for bikes and peds. Thanks for keeping us up on things. Nice pic. You're right, why weren't these types of facilities installed to begin with?

BTW, Greg happens to be an expert in this field.
 
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Jessica Lovejoy
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by Jessica Lovejoy on July 30th, 2010

Another "Wish they'd thought of it before they built" idea is small single-lane traffic circles at the internal Zach Scott intersections (Mattie, Scales, etc) or that strange junction at Mattie and Simond. My husband's hometown of Spokane, WA put some in on residential streets that had become major cut-thrus and it really worked not only to slow traffic, but actually helped move it along at intersections that started backing up as traffic increased (I'm thinking Zach Scott or Simond and Berkman in five years).
 
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