does anyone know what the process is to ask for / add speed bumps to a street in the city of toledo?
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yep, I do.
I wanted them on my street over 5 years ago and contacted the city. I do not remember who exactly I talked to, but I started with the main number.
Here is what I remember the process was.
1) First, you have to request a "survey" be done on your street. That means that they place one of those counters on your street for a period of time to count how many cars use the road/street. I don't remember the minimum, but it was very, very high. I think 1,000, but don't quote me on that.
2) Once the survey is done, they send out postcards to everyone on the street. The postcards are for every resident to vote yes/no to speed bumps. You need at least 2/3 "yes" to get approved. Also remember that they only have a certain amount of time to respond.
3) The street gets put on a list of approved speed bump streets/roads and when the money is in the budget, they put them in.
Here's the kicker. The woman I spoke to told me that there hasn't been any money for speed bumps in years and it didn't look like there was gonna be any in the near future. You are better off throwing a dead tree limb in your street to get cars to slow down instead of trying to get speed bumps.
What is your concern? Speeding drivers? There are a couple of ways to help prevent speeders, but it's risky. If more than just you want to help slow people down, park cars on alternate sides of road in a "staggered" pattern, but taking up road space. That way, most drivers will slow down to navigate through the parked cars. Sure, you'll still get the idiots and you might even get your car hit, but at least you tried.
Another idea is to get a professional sign made that looks like a real street sign that says, "Hidden Speed Trap Ahead" or "Speed Enforcement Area". Put that right in your front yard by the road.
Or, if you really want something to be done, either contact WTOL or another news station. I remember them doing a speeding story a year or two ago where they had a radar gun and the speeder on camera. Then they would even stop the driver and make them look like fools.
Lastly, if there is really a safety issue concern here get your own radar gun. You can get sports radar guns for under $100. Then use a video camera and the radar gun to film the idiots. You'll have their license plate and the approx speed they are traveling. Make a short video of all the speeders and send it to the local tv stations and city hall.
If you can't get any other help and this is a real serious threat to your kids or your neighbor's kids, contact me. I have a radar gun. I might be able to get together with you and do something positive for your street.
Good luck and keep us updated.
One thing about bad side roads and lack of road maintenance is speeders dont like potholes.
We're less than a block from Glenwood Elementary, and cars drive down our street so fast it makes your head spin. Funny thing is, while we (close to the school) don't have speed bumps, those living on blocks further south on our street do.
Thanks for posting the info.
I still remember when I was a kid, we lived in what was at the time called Adams Township. Cars kept flying up and down the street, Mr White, who lived across the road from us took matters into his own hands......he walked to the end of his driveway and chucked an 8 foot 2 × 4 out in front of the speeding cars a few times. It worked.
Purchase a White Crown Vic, or Dodge Charger, and park it it random places on the the street with a dummy in the drivers seat.. :)
In the city of Sylvania if you can get enough of the neighbors to sign a petition to install speed bumps the city will put them in. The trouble begins in getting enough residents to sign, and as I remember it about two thirds must demand speed bumps. Personally I'm against the idea of speed bumps because they are hard on your car.
Getting a RADAR gun coupled with a video camera is probably your best bet. You may not get speed bumps, but you might get traffic enforcement stepped up. I know that's what happened in Lincoln Woods one summer, and the speeding stopped.
In the long run, speed bumps punish the people who live on the street. They are very hard on your car and cause aggressive wear and tear. That being said, the radar idea Madjack proposed is a good one :)
I drove through a rough part of North (maybe Central, hell, I give up on all that). And one street had a couple of the speedbumps. There were some ragamuffins staring hard. That made me wonder about how those bumps work to the advantage or disadvanatge of those thugsters.