From he CCGH newsgroup:
I was notified by CB7 that DOT has authorized the installation of a speed bump on 23rd St. btwn 6th and 7th Aves, location TBD. I was told DOT had received several letters from families on the block.
There will be a meeting of CB7's Transportation Committee in the next few weeks to discuss the merits of the speed bump (or lack there of) and whether the committee and Board should support the installation (or not).
Historically CB7 has not approved speed bumps in the past 6-7 years as there was an issue with a bump being installed after an accident, then to be petitioned to be removed a year later due to excessive noise.
While I cannot speak for the committee, nor the Board, personally I feel this is a topic that should be discussed by EVERYONE who lives on our street, not a decision to be made by a few families.
I understand the thought process behind the request and the reality it "may" slow down traffic on the block. There is a secondary condition to this: noise from cars/trucks hitting the bump, sanitation trucks making additional noise as the attempt to get over them (we are a block that leads to the highest point in Brooklyn) and the issue with plowing during the winter (think about this year's snowmageddon).
Regardless whether you feel it is a good idea, or not a good idea, I am a firm believer of discussion (if you have not noticed) and debate by the ENTIRE block. I will also be fwding this to Green-Wood, as they are also a neighbor on the block (the largest one).
This e-mail is the first step towards a block-wide (and community wide, as it will affect traffic patterns) discussion prior to the Transportation Committee hearing.
I encourage folks to voice their opinions.
Thoughts on this?