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Menlo Park: Speed hump trial wins council approval

Original post made on Sep 12, 2018

Nine speed humps. One yield sign. One road closed to vehicles, plus a few advisory speed limit signs. Yet it took, by one resident's calculations, 528 days to get the Menlo Park City Council to approve a six-month trial for such traffic-calming measures to be enacted in the Willows neighborhood.

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Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 12, 2018 at 11:16 am

Why did the City Council make Susu do all this work herself? It's just wrong. Susu is a hero.

The City Council, not so much.


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Posted by JSYK
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 12, 2018 at 11:59 am

Looking this over, this should not impact how bikes travel in the area, though reduced vehicle speeds will make it safer. The road closure will not affect bikes.


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Posted by Left Turn
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Speed bumps are a nuisance - City should be looking to reduce commuter traffic volume on residential streets, not accommodating it.


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Posted by Tim D.
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 12, 2018 at 7:10 pm

Speed humps are not a nuisance, they are a good reminder to drive the speed limit. If you think the City of Menlo Park can do anything to reduce commuter traffic you are dreaming. As housing prices on the Peninsula continue to climb the people that work here (on the Peninsula) are moving further away to afford housing. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.

Susu, thank you for your dogged and determined efforts to see this through.


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Posted by Skeptical
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

Why are we spending precious tax dollars on a problem that's already been resolved. The traffic calming measures put in place have effectively eliminated cut through commute traffic.


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Posted by Retain turn restrictions
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 12, 2018 at 7:52 pm

Hoping they retain the turn restrictions (including no left onto Baywood 3-7pm), as well. I'll be happy to have both, but I'd rather have the restrictions and no humps than humps and no restrictions. They turn restrictions have been very effective and knocking down the traffic volume (including the majority of the speeders).


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Posted by Danny
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Sep 12, 2018 at 8:28 pm

Tim D., the turn restrictions have done exactly that - limit commute traffic. Look at the data in the staff report. Traffic volumes have been nearly cut in half as a result of the turn restrictions. Speed bumps create an inordinate amount of noise and air pollution. Squealing breaks, scraping air dams and gunning engines all day and night - these poor folks are not going to have any peace on their streets.


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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 12, 2018 at 8:46 pm

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Great work Susu. It took a lot of perseverance but you got it to happen. Even with the reduction of the cut through traffic, and whit is has been reduced there is still a good deal of people going through the Willows and making the illegal right onto Willow, speed are still a problem.

I hope this trial proves the effectiveness of the humps and they are kept in place.


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Posted by Joan
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 14, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Be careful what you ask for Willows residents - the speed bumps on Laurel cause a racket at all hours of the day and night, especially with the police vehicles coming and going.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 14, 2018 at 8:29 pm

Why is Menlo Park spending more than $100,000 on a problem that doesn't exist? This is government waste epitomized. The data collected by the city doesn't even meet the criteria for a NTMP?


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Posted by Lives on humped street
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2018 at 5:45 am

I LOVE our speed bumps. I not not, repeat, do not hear any of the doom and gloom fear some people are trying to put out there. No revving engines, no squealing brakes, and only once in a great while will I hear an airdam scrap(only if I'm outside and a chevy Volt is going by. They always scrape)
What we do see are cars driving at a regulated speed and easily stopped if something darts out because of that regulated speed.

Any speeder will look for a way to speed. The bumps make it impossible, which is why some don't want them. As a resident of a humped street, I've not found their fear to be warrnted. Not for the past 10 years anyway.


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