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Traffic Calming Team: Goals, Methodology and Documents

Highland Park Neighborhood
Traffic Calming Team:
Goals & Methodology Statement

Goals:

1: To promote & preserve safe and efficient mobility, accessibility, and transportation choice within the Highland Park Neighborhood for all residents and visitors by taking a “placemaking” approach.

Placemaking has been defined by the City Repair Project in Portland, OR as a multi-layered process within which citizens foster active, engaged relationships to the spaces which they inhabit, the landscapes of their lives, and shape those spaces in a way which creates a sense of communal stewardship and lived connection.

2: To begin a constructive partnership with City officials concerning traffic calming and other traffic, transportation, and access related issues that impact the safety and quality of life among residents of the Highland Park Neighborhood.

Traffic calming has the ability to create vibrant neighborhoods, enrich the social and cultural life of the city and create a robust local economy.

~ from David Engwicht, Intrigue & Uncertainty: Towards New Traffic-Taming Tools

3: To increase the connectivity within the neighborhood by increasing the safety (or perceived safety) of those who choose to walk in and around the neighborhood, especially bridging the divide across S Goodman Street.

4: To identify and rank according to priority the “hot spots” of traffic concerns that require an action plan.

5: To investigate, plan, and implement solutions to the effect of calming traffic and otherwise educate drivers, residents, and visitors within the Highland Park Neighborhood so as to:

O       Increase the safety of pedestrians with initial focus on children and their access to the playground in Ellwanger and Barry Park.

O       Increase the walkability of the neighborhood according to standards of desirability within the urban life experience.

O       Restore the continuity and increase connectivity between areas of the neighborhood that have been affected by increased traffic flow and speed on Goodman Street.

O       Involve and educate the entire resident community to the effect that they embrace (understand) the solutions as these are progressed.

O       To grow a culture of respect for pedestrian and non vehicular transportation that would rival the best among “walking friendly” communities across the US

Methodology:

  • A standard paradigm for creating changes within the public realm takes a 3-4-tiered approach. The traditional 3 E’s represent Enforcement, Education, and Engineering, and some include a fourth E, Evaluation.

  • Members of the neighborhood association plan to engage in the Enforcement aspect by conducting a Neighborhood Speed Watch program to monitor local traffic speed and other traffic behavior. Additionally, Speed Trailers may help local officials determine how many motorists are in violation and how severe the offense. Warnings may also be issued to violators to fulfill both enforcement and educational goals.

  • The neighborhood association will work together with other community members, such as school personnel and public officials, to Educate by providing public safety training including pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular safety for all residents of all ages. Training materials may include videos, workbooks, role-playing and other methods of teaching about traffic and pedestrian safety.

  • We will Evaluate initial successes and use them as a model and motivation for affecting solutions for additional issues and longer term objectives.

~ written by Amy Priestley,  Marcia Zach &  Michael Tomb   Autumn, 2009

Traffic Team Document Archive:

 Highland Park Neighborhood Traffic Team Presentation Nov 12 2009 

 

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