We need traffic calming not traffic hazards

Who in their infinite wisdom decided to improve Edwin/Kimberly/Macon Avenue with traffic-controlling "hazards"?

We have lived in Asheville for the majority of our lives, and feel that you have ruined the beautiful wide boulevards that complemented the gorgeous houses.

Two weeks ago our daughter was driving north on Edwin Place with our 1-year-old grandson in the back seat. An oncoming car swerved into her lane forcing her into one of the concrete traffic-control islands. Over $3,000 worth of damage resulted to her car. By the look of the concrete islands, she's not alone.

Controlling speed was the "reasoning" for installing the atrocities. Speeding has always been an issue on these roads. Were alternate, less expensive methods of traffic control even considered? What about gentle speed bumps or even permanently stationed police cars, which could actually pay for themselves in speeding fines?

Then there is the issue of bicycles. Bike lanes were placed on Kimberly to help keep our biking friends safe. Now they have to swerve around the impediments and dodge the cars. How safe is that?

When is the city of Asheville going to wake up and remove those "traffic controlling hazards"? Do we have to wait until there is a serious accident before something is done to remove them from our roads?

The general public should not have to pay for a bad decision. Our City Council should be responsible for making our roads safer, not a danger.

Council members: Tear down these hazards!

— Jon and Kim Miller
Asheville

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2 thoughts on “We need traffic calming not traffic hazards

  1. Mitchxout

    I agree, Kimberly Ave is ruined by the calming islands. Also, as far as i can tell, speeding hasn’t changed since the installation.

  2. JamesL

    Agreed, these things are a complete waste of money and only highlight the failures in traffic control that should actually be addressed. Instead of stop signs, speed limits, signage, proper road markings and enforcement, we get obstacle courses that create greater hazards and make our neighborhoods look trashy. For starters, they should never install anything they have no intention of maintaining.

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