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Name not shown inside Tempe May 21, 2024, 9:11 AM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? Yes
Please share why or why not: I've been a homeowner on 1st street since 2005 and have a view of the street, the number of people that recklessly speed down this road is appalling. I'm amazed that nobody has crashed through the Culinary Dropout building yet. We need speed control measures (humps or bumps) in addition to a reduced limit, something similar to what has been done on Hardy would be a good fit. Enforcing traffic laws does not seem to be a priority of Tempe PD any longer so I'm doubtful that changing the limit alone will change speeder behavior.
How did you hear about this survey? Postcard

Seth Chalmers, PE inside Tempe May 21, 2024, 8:27 AM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? Yes
Please share why or why not: I support speed limit changes that are reasonable and meaningful. Reasonable meaning they fit the road classification, and that road physically supports that posted speed limit (PSL) and meaningful if they are set based on a quantitative process that involves reviewing speed and crash data using Federal Highway Administrations (FHWA) USLIMITS2 and that speed fits the speed which 85% of drivers will drive at which is typically the PSL + 5 to 12 mph over (depending on the PSL and the type of road) it which is under the typical enforcement threshold of 11 to 12 mph or more over. Pace speed is also important on long arterials which do not have an interruption (traffic signal). Research has indicated (refer to 2003 NCHRP 504 Design Speed, Operating Speed and Posted Speed Limit Practices), contrary to what many believe, that the PSL is the only independent variable that influences drivers speed behavior if there is a reasonable level of enforcement that reinforces that. In support of these speed limit changes I believe the City of Tempe needs to adopt a systematic and scheduled speed enforcement program that rotates through all the City's streets to help promote reasonable speed behaviors by drivers. This would include setting up set speed enforcement stations on key arterial roads that include a static speed limit sign following by a dynamic speed feed-back sign followed by a police civil traffic enforcement station that is shaded, but very visible to approaching motorists. Note that the University of Arizona CATs did a study of these sorts of set ups for the Pima County DOT and it was found these stations are very effective and efficient in promoting reasonable driver speed behaviors that helps reduce the severity and occurrence of speed related crashes. I highly recommend that Tempe set up a similar program that would include some before and after studies that help better define this approach as a part of the Vision Zero goal. Roundabouts and raised speed table crosswalks should be used on other minor arterial and collector roads to help reinforce reasonable speed behaviors on those roads. Note that I do not support zero tolerance on speed enforcement or safety zones. I think that is a waste of resources, sends the wrong message, and does not conform to speed enforcement practices. What we are looking for is reasonable speed behaviors that help reduce crash potential and risk. That needs to be applied to all roads equally and without bias. Cherry picking out roads for special enforcement typically is an excuse that hides the fact that the road design is the problem but deflects the blame to the driver and road users without addressing the real problems. Scottsdale Road in north Tempe is a great bad example of this. What is needed on this road is an access control median that is continuous down the entire road that only allows left turns at the signals and perhaps some mid-block locations and better street lighting and perhaps a couple of mid-block HAWKs. A physical improvement like would make this section of road safer. I believe that a series of raised mid-block speed tables need to be placed on College to help reinforce this proposed speed limit change. A couple of speed enforcement stations might be worth considering as well. Especially for the southbound segment that goes into the curve that catches crashes from time to time. Additionally, it might be worthwhile to narrow the traffic lanes to 11 feet.
How did you hear about this survey? Postcard

Name not shown inside Tempe May 21, 2024, 6:37 AM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? No
Please share why or why not: 3 total lanes allow for slower drivers and for people abiding by the posted speed limit of 45. Reducing the speed limit would cause several people to be delayed, it's unnecessary.
How did you hear about this survey? Social Media

Brandon dawley inside Tempe May 21, 2024, 5:50 AM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? No
Please share why or why not: I use southern 50 x a day. There is three lanes for those that would like to drive slower. many of us have jobs that require driving this is just more more obstacle for us to worry about and I don't think it's fair
How did you hear about this survey? Other - News

Name not shown inside Tempe May 20, 2024, 7:39 PM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? No
Please share why or why not: If the City had not crowded the streets with over building, no change would be needed. Traffic should be able to move at the same speed or faster, in light of newer traffic management techniques. It is ridiculous that the City is so crowded with out-of City employees and the ensuing excessive clientele that now citizens/residentw can no longer drive the established speed limits.
How did you hear about this survey? Email

Alex Musar inside Tempe May 20, 2024, 12:47 PM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? Yes
Please share why or why not: I think speed limits around the city should more closely align with the vision zero recommendations for pedestrian safety throughout the city. With that said, the street design and configurations need to align with the posted speeds. For example, the 1st street intervention to lower the speed from 35 to 30 is a nice first step, but the current 85th percentile speed (speed at which 85% of drivers will operate their vehicles) for a straight and flat street with a width of 11' (measured on 1st street) is 43 mph (per https://nacto.org/publication/urban-street-design-guide/street-design-elements/lane-width/). This means that even with the posted speed at 30 mph, 15% of drivers will operate there vehicles at speeds exceeding 13 mph over the posted speed. I believe that the city needs to provide street designs that bring the posted speed, design speed, and 85% percentile speed more closely aligned. By only changing the posted speed, the city indicates that excessive speeds is primarily a user issue. I believe the city should take responsibility for street design, and rather than just change posted speeds or increase police ticketing, should design the streets for the speeds desired. This will greatly improve walkability (by increasing the perception of safety), community character (by providing the "right size" speed for the area), and reduce community risk (lower speeds equals less deaths). I think this is an excellent first step, but would be a complete failure if it is the last step.
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Name not shown inside Tempe May 20, 2024, 10:59 AM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? No
Please share why or why not: I believe the current speed limits are adequate for safety. Enforcement of current speed limits would be helpful.
How did you hear about this survey? Other - My wife told me about it.

Name not shown inside Tempe May 19, 2024, 11:52 AM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? Yes
Please share why or why not: My family lives in the Marlborough Park neighborhood with two small children and frequently walk down -- and attempt to cross -- College Avenue. We walk south from the neighborhood toward the Tempe Women's Club Park Playground and north toward Evelyn Hallman Park. I believe the reduction of the speed limit to 30 mph is INADEQUATE. In addition to further reducing the speed limit, the city should construct a crosswalk and a physical speed table (or other physical infrastructure to reduce speeds) at the intersection of College Avenue and N. La Rosa Drive (and at other frequent crossing points) to allow for families and kids to cross College Avenue and more safely walk along College Avenue.

Currently, cars frequently travel far above the existing 35 mph speed limit, which creates a dangerous environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. While a reduction in the speed limit to 30 mph might be a small step in the right direction, it will not prevent cars from speeding on College Avenue. This has already proved to be a dangerous corridor for kids in the neighborhood and those attending Tonalea Middle School, including an incident in 2021 when a child was hit by a car (https://www.abc15.com/traffic/tempe-pd-child-struck-by-car-taken-to-hospital).
How did you hear about this survey? Postcard

Name not shown inside Tempe May 18, 2024, 4:15 PM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? No
Please share why or why not: I don't support it unless at a minimum the speed limit is reduced on McClintock between Baseline and Elliot.

Any stretch of road with a bike lane and 45mph speed limit needs to have a speed limit below 45.

Give us at least one change South of Baseline

McClintock South of Baseline has a chicane and 6 signalized intersections between Baseline and Elliot in addition for over a mile of that stretch there is also a bike lane. Bicycle riding within just a couple feet of large busses, UPS, FedEx or other large vehicles driving 45 or often times faster is NOT safe.
Really the speed limit on a roadway where a bike lane exists the speed limit should be 35 or lower. I would accept 40 as an olive branch.

The number of lights, curves in the road and a bike lane are definite changes from the past that justify a speed limit reduction.

I am not sure the number of crashes, but I have seen at least 6 bad crashes at McClintock and Guadalupe.

This stretch of road is so dangerous the city installed 50 Vision Zero Safety Corridor and Strict Enforcement banners yet no changes to the speed limit.

I routinely travel this stretch of road and only saw one police car during the entire time those banners flew.

Apologies for any typos or grammatical errors.
How did you hear about this survey? Social Media

Name not shown inside Tempe May 17, 2024, 9:18 PM

Do you support the proposed speed limit changes? No
Please share why or why not: - There are 4 separate sections and you ask "do you support the proposal". How about you ask do you support the first, then the second, then the third, then the fourth. Your question is absurd and makes this survey worthless.
- This survey has only two questions, the first (do you support), which is absurd as just noted, and a second one asking, "how did you hear about this". Glad you got that second question in to zero in on the really important issue about the speed limit proposal... where people heard about it. This is the dumbest solicitation of input I have ever seen in my life.
How did you hear about this survey? Social Media