DOT Needs New Speed Hump Policy
St. Adalbert Church in Elmhurst, Queens will not be getting the speed hump it requested last summer-and it is not because the Department of Transportation (DOT) cannot do it. A recent letter from the DOT to the church and Assemblymember Margaret Markey (who requested the humps on the church's behalf) cited Community Board 4's opposition as the reason it was denying the request. Says the DOT, "Our investigation determined that it is feasible to install two speed humps at this location." However, it concludes that, since the community is not in full agreement, the DOT is "unable to accommodate the request."
This is wrong. Community board votes are advisory. Board members are appointed to voluntary posts and should not have veto power over requests for improved pedestrian safety.
T.A. agrees that finding a community consensus on traffic calming and other changes in the traffic status quo is tough. We also recognize that many DOT officials try hard to navigate divergent community interests. But, clearly, a new, fairer, process needs to be implemented. We urge the DOT to adopt a process similar to the following:
Model Review Process for Speed Hump Requests
T.A. believes that this new process will bring speed humps to those communities that need them in a fair and efficient manner.