7 good ways to put the brakes on neighborhood speeding
Much of the threat to pedestrians comes from speeding cars. Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of ways to encourage drivers to slow down. Take action!
- Spread the word. Neighborhood websites, e-newsletters, Facebook Pages and twitter are all great ways to reach out.
- Use yard signs to remind drivers to slow down. Pick up signs at Abbadabba’s — or use plywood or laminated posterboard to create your own. Keep it simple. Short messages and big letters work best.
- Set the pace. Driving at or below the speed limit forces others to do the same.
- Park your car in the street, and ask your neighbors to do the same. Narrow travel lanes prompt drivers to slow down.
- Install radar signs that show drivers how fast they’re going.
- Reduce speed limits. If the speed limit where you live is over 30 mph, ask transportation agencies to change it.
- Take back your street. Walk, ride a bicycle, sit on the front porch — and put some toys in your front yard. Reminding motorists that streets are for people encourages them to slow down.