Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Supes Support 15mph School Speed

The Times- Standard reports the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the readings of ordinances which would lower the speed limit around schools to 15mph. Unbelievable. You'd think there would be at least some dissent. 

Ryan Sundberg really gets me: “This is definitely a no-brainer,” he said. “If you can’t slow down to 15 miles per hour in a school zone, there is something really wrong with you.”. I don't think so. I question whether Sundberg has ever tried doing that himself. I have.

I drove by a couple schools yesterday. Driving by Pine Hill School, I tried going 15mph and it wasn't all that easy. I felt as if I was crawling, and I'm not a fast driver. The current limit of 25mph should be just fine.

And again, it's not as if we have an epidemic of kids being run over near the schools.

Reading the Santa Rosa Press- Democrat regularly, I'm amazed at the stupid stuff the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors does and tell myself that at least the Humboldt Supes seem fairly level headed. I'm thinking I should take that back.


At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one issue may be enough to unseat Sundberg.

25 mph is completely adequate for a school zone with kids present.

In Sundberg's hometown of McKinleyville it will create HUGE traffic snarls along the three most-traversed streets in town during the morning commute -- Murray, Central and McKinleyville Ave.

Traffic on McKinleyville Ave is ALREADY heavy in the morning, and it's not traffic that will divert to a faster road. That traffic isn't thru-way, it's from people living in the neighborhoods bordering the two schools there.

I can't imagine the 5-lane Murray road slowing to 15 mph. They already built a traffic island for students crossing the road.

How about simply enforcing 25 mph limit? Oh, wait, they do enforce the speed limit with regularity. The CHP even camps stop signs at school request.

There isn't a county-wide problem. If there is a problem somewhere in the county, address the situation on that one street.

Lots of idiotic proposals come before the supervisors and they don't know any better.

They want to look like they're doing something, effecting positive change. Remember the last time they did that? It was called, and still is called,the California Redwood Coast -- Humboldt County Airport.

Except, this time, their idiotic move is going to negatively affect peoples' lives on a daily basis. If they want to make safe routes to schools, build wider sidewalks and install bike lanes. It's not rocket science.

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sundberg is right. It really is a no-brainer. Install licence plate reading cameras near all those school speed limit signs and voila! A profitable ATM machine for the county Public Safety coffers.

Your ticket's in the mail. Our check better be too.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 mph is crawling. Drive 15 mph in a high school zone and kids on bikes will be passing you while laughing.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

Learn to live with it. And I predict Sundberg will hold that seat as long as he wants it.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"15 mph is crawling"

I was surprised at how slow it was. I had to almost work to get down that low.

" If they want to make safe routes to schools, build wider sidewalks and install bike lanes. It's not rocket science."

I noticed yesterday that Grant(?) School, the one down at the end of H Street, has a speed bump out in front of it now. I'd never noticed any problem with speeding cars there before, but a speed bump might seem reasonable in certain circumstances.

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julie, Sundberg is a nice guy, but a lot of people aren't happy with what's happening in their town across a lot of different quality of life issues, some tied to development and you know where he stands on that issue.


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