Stevens Avenue is both a village street, with five schools within walking distan
Stevens Avenue is both a village street, with five schools within walking distance, and a through road carrying as many as 16,000 cars a day. In 1997, in response to complaints about pedestian safety, the city of Portland debuted a "traffic calming" cure that was worse than the disease. In short order, the council scrapped all but speed bumps, a traffic light, and warning signs. Some residents, like freelance photographer Brian Peterson, say even the speed bumps are dangerous and should be removed. The accident rate has increased slightly, although those accidents were less severe, and traffic has slowed. The controversy prompted the council to adopt an ordinance prohibiting traffic calming projects on arterials and it elaborated a lengthy process for residents to achieve neighborhood traffic calming. The next big test case might be Brighton Avenue. With details on traffic calming methods.
Stevens Avenue Portland, Traffic safety
Burnett, Lee, "Stevens Avenue is both a village street, with five schools within walking distan" (2000). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 4267.
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