The signs have sprouted up all over Monterey Blvd. on poles and in the windows of residents along the street. The message: Please slow down! It’s obvious that a chord has been struck in the community. People want a slower, safer and humanized boulevard but are window signs enough? Do drivers really slow down when they see them or is Monterey Dangerous by Design?
Our street is a place where kids walk (or should be able to walk) to three elementary schools and two preschools or take the bus to Aptos Middle School. The time has come to move forward to and lower the speed limit to 25mph and take other measures to calm traffic.The Sunnyside neighborhood has been the subject of an MTA traffic calming project but Monterey is conspicuously absent from those plans.
The need for lower speeds is self-evident. A 25mph limit would mean shorter stopping distances, less chance of serious injury and far lower chance of pedestrian fatalities. If a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle traveling at 40 mph there is an 85 percent likelihood that the pedestrian will be killed. This percentage drops to 45 percent at 30 mph and 5 percent at 20 mph.
Seems like a no brainer! In exchange for a few extra seconds per trip to the freeway we can have a safer, quieter and more livable neighborhood.
The campaign will swing into high gear after Thanksgiving. In the meantime you can support the effort with an email to FOB containing your name and address and a statement of support from yourself or your organization. We will post it (minus your exact address) as a list of endorsers.
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