What will it take to curb speeding?

Is there any way to prevent people from speeding on a 20 miles-per-hour street?

As a concerned parent (who almost got run over while strolling his 18-month-old), I would like to bring the attention of your readers.

Barnard Avenue connects Edgewood to Weaver in proximity to the UNCA campus. For those who are familiar to Barnard Avenue, it is a family neighborhood with numerous families that have children. Barnard has also become the newest speeding grounds of those who fail to get up in time or are always late to go somewhere.

The speed limit in the city of Asheville is 35 mph, I believe, but on Barnard Avenue it is clearly marked as 20 mph.

As for you, red Jeep Cherokee driver (yes, you), let me just give you some advice: If you see parents with kids in strollers, slow down. Not because your obeying the law, but because it is the right thing to do. Pedestrians deserve respect. Karma does exist, and one day it will catch up with you too.

It is a very common thing seeing people driving in excess of 50 mph on Barnard; most of them slow down when they see pedestrians with strollers. But there is an asshole no matter where you go.

I hope to shed some light on this problem. The time to solve it is now, not when someone (or their children) gets killed.

— Esteban Yanez

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