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Poll: Should Sycamore Street Speed Limit be Reduced?

The township's traffic committee would like to see the speed on Sycamore Street reduced from 35 to 25 in some areas. Is it a good idea?

 

Newtown Township's traffic committee is recommending that the speed limit on some portions of Sycamore Street be reduced from 35 to 25 miles per hour. 

However, the Sycamore Street Community Association, which represents the businesses on the street, Association representatives said a reduction in speed would be detrimental to Sycamore Street businesses. They believe if cars are forced to go slower, drivers will simply avoid the street altogether.

What do you think? Should the speed limit on Sycamore Street be reduced from 35 to 25 miles per hour?

Take our poll and share your comments below.

Mary Beth April 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I can understand the concern of the business owners, but I seriously don't think it would deter anyone from driving through town. It would not stop me. Lowering the speed limit may even increase the number of pedestrians. Who among us doesn't love walking around Newtown??? :) '
Mari April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I agree with Mary Beth. I've noticed several cars zipping thru town while pedestrians are in the walkway. I'm surprised no one has been hit yet. And while we are on the subject of Sycamore Street... I think there should be only a RIGHT turn option next to the Green Parrot onto Sycamore from that side street .(Sorry, I can't think of the name of that street.It runs from Sycamore up to the 4 way stop by Salad Works) Vehicles heading into town are forced to pull out far into the oncoming traffic/ped walkways, which is extremely dangerous, not to mention the backup it causes at that intersection.
Mary Beth April 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Mari, the street you are referring to is Silo :)
the VOICE April 18, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Leave the speed limit alone !
Andrew April 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
No. We have enough speed traps in this town. Any concerns about pedestrian safety (motorists blow right through pedestrian crossings even when they are painted and accompanied by flashing signs, as on Newtown-Richboro Road) should be addressed by police enforcement of the laws that are already on the books.
Andrew April 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
PS - There continues to be no link between rates of accidents and speed limits. People instinctively drive at a speed they consider to be safe, and declining fatalities per 100,000 miles driven in this country, despite higher average driving speeds, show that people do a pretty good job picking speeds at which they actually are driving safely.
Barbara April 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I think reducing the speed down Washington Crossing Road into town from 45 to 35 would help. It can be scary to cross at Silo with left turns and traffic moving so fast.
Andrew April 18, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I know I already commented, but I wanted to add something else. I run 6-8 miles almost every day around town, so I have a lot of experience - maybe more than anyone else - being a pedestrian around here. Over the years, the times I've come closest to being hit have occurred because motorists make rights on red around blind corners without being prepared to stop, or have blown right through pedestrian crossings while I'm in them. In each instance, it is not speed per se that is the danger. Often the motorists are traveling at a speed not much faster than I can run. Rather, it is motorists' attitudes towards pedestrians that is the problem. Far too many people drive without giving a second thought to the possibility that there might be pedestrians with whom they need to be prepared to share the road. I have noticed that motorist obliviousness to pedestrians increases manyfold if they are also talking on their cell phones. In general though, motorist's straight-line speed is, as a pedestrian, a matter of complete indifference to me. Lowering the speed limit on Sycamore Street would do little to nothing to improve safety for pedestrians. A much more economical and effective way to improve pedestrian safety would be to establish and *enforce* pedestrian right of way. If pedestrian safety is truly our goal, as opposed to creating new places to generate easy speeding ticket revenues, this is the path we should take.
the VOICE April 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
For safety go run in a park or somewhere where there is a track, leave the streets to the motorists !
Andrew April 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I have the right to cross the street.
the VOICE April 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
U should jog in the park !
Andrew April 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Thanks for the great advice. I already do. I also jog on sidewalks, my favorite type of pathway to take me to said park. Unfortunately, these inevitably cross roads, and until I discover some means of teleporting from one side of the street to the other, I am left with no option but to cross them. It is at such crossings that I have on a few occasions, and through no fault of my own, nearly been hit because motorists haven't driven in a manner that accomodates the odd pedestrian. Notice that I explained above that speed wasn't the crucial factor. Motorists' style of driving is central (and in fact, they were breaking state traffic laws in each instance). Please not that as a tax payer, part of my income goes towards financing the upkeep of these roads. Also note that per PA law, I have the right of way when crossing the road. Might I suggest that you jog, at all. Good for your health (as long as you're not being run over). It'll help you go easy on the nation's stock of health care.

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