Opinion & Editorial

Letter to the Editor: Safer streets? Add more speed-calming measures

To the Editor:

Cities will be receiving federal funding to “improve” road safety for vulnerable users, pedestrians, cyclists, etc. I am concerned that as in the past, wide, unobstructed roads will be built which invite high speeds.

A few years ago my residential frontage street was “improved” as  a “safe route to school.” Since completion, vehicles travel at significantly higher speeds. Radar shows speeds usually at 35 mph but up to 70 mph, on this two-lane residential street, posted 25 mph. 

Crossing the street with these conditions has a far higher deadly potential. The best safe solutions are speed-calming features to keep speeds at 20 mph maximum, which provides a 93% survival rate for pedestrians and cyclists. Make sure your planners and public works are aware. Links to supporting information are at:


Ed Gunderson, Creswell



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