831 Whalley Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - WestvilleMany, trucks, cars, busses run the red lights on Whalley during the morning hours. I was almost hit by a car driving excessive speeds who went right through this light. This happens too often. I never see police enforcement ever. An officer could easily set up on the West Rock Extension and catch people one after the other running this light and help make our city a little safer.
1800-1846 Chapel St New Haven, CT 06515, USA - Westville
I was headed westbound of Chapel St last Monday when a silver Toyota 4 dr sedan passed me on the left. CT plate 918 TRE.
I'm going to keep posting these as long as it keeps happening to people can see how crazy it is.
273 Alden Avenue New Haven, CT 06515, USA - WestvilleLook at all the cars parked on the sidewalk at Westville quality market. This is not a driveway it is a sidewalk but cars are driving out into the intersection from the corner. We really need the city's help to stop this.
West Rock Ave And Yale Ave New Haven, CT - WestvilleToo many people are speeding down Yale Ave between Edgewood and West Rock, as well as West Rock Ave towards Whalley. These streets run alongside a public park, where there are many adults and children, riding bikes in the bike lane, skate boarding, jogging and walking their dogs. The tragic accident that occured this past week should be sign enough that speed bumps are a needed and a low cost way of preventing more traffic incidents.
Central Ave New Haven, Connecticut - WestvilleTraffic speeds on Central Ave in westville are insanely fast with numerous parked cars being hit and totaled. In my own family 3 parked cars have been totaled on Central near Edgewood Ave and a friend farther down Central just past Barton has had their car hit multiple times and a vehicle used for work totaled, destroying their business. As an inexpensive and quick solution, I would like to propose that white lines be painted to designate a shoulder on the side of the street with no parking and a white line be painted 18"-24" from the parked car doors (much the way the snow created a narrower lane last winter with plenty of room to safely open car doors) this would create a narrower feeling driving lane (I think the minimum suggested is 8' wide so there is plenty of room). This would give the street a feeling of being narrower and slow traffic a bit. I just watched a car honk, swerve around a car trying to park and screech away at high speed. It is dangerous for people, and for the many many cars that have to park on the street because many houses don't have driveways or have multiple renters without off street parking.
52 Mc Kinley Ave New Haven, CT 06515 - WestvilleThis house has an inground pool but they took out the fence to the right of the house a few years ago and did not replace it. This is a danger for neighborhood children and pets
60-112 Barnett St New Haven, CT 06515, USA - Westville
Drivers routinely speed on residential Barnett St. between Willard and Fountain. Much of this is cut-through traffic trying to avoid the light at Fountain St. and Forest Rd. While cut-through traffic in and of itself is arguably OK, the speeding is not. Beside the traffic noise of fast-moving cars (often 40-45 mph), there are about a dozen kids under the age of 7 just on the half-block closest to Willard - and lots more in a one-block radius - that routinely play near the street. This is a serious safety and quality of life issue.
A few possible solutions to slow people down would be:
1) Install two nice big asphalt speed humps (rather than speed bumps, which are shorter and can be very loud when cars pass over). Speed humps do not cost a lot and work very well in substantially lowering speeds - it's an easy fix for the speeding and would probably also help cut down on the cut-through traffic. The only downside as far as I can tell is that snowplows and in-street bicyclists have to get used to them. See photo.
2) Alternate street parking from one side to the other once or twice down the block, and bump-out or stripe the transitions with chicanes. The bump-outs could create some nice new planting areas, which neighbors on this block would likely and gladly take on maintenance of. Building them is relatively expensive b/c of the curbing, but they could be striped first as a cheap experiment. See photo in next post.
3) Just allow cars to park on both sides of Barnett, creating what's called a "queuing street" - cars have to pull over and wait to pass one another. This latter approach is a new standard for low-volume residential streets in Portland, OR and is the defacto standard on older streets all over the world. This would be cheapest - just some new parking signs. Barnett is roughly 27' wide, just between the 26-28' wide standard for a two-sided parking queuing street.
I look forward to hearing other possible solutions.
718 Edgewood Ave New Haven, CT - Westville
Looking for witnesses who saw an incident that happened today (3/9/10) at the intersection of Yale Avenue and Edgewood Avenue (corner of Edgewood park, Parks Recreation office, Edgewood elementary school)
Today (3/9/10) at about 1pm my friend and I were legally crossing the road after all lights were red and the crosswalks where lit. We had a double stroller and a single stroller holding 3 infants. During the redlight and us crossing a woman was driving up Yale Avenue towards Fountain at a very high rate of speed, missed me by a foot or two and ran a red light. Had I not been speedy in my crossing, me and the baby would have been plowed down.
I only caught a short glimpse of the woman and her car because she drove so fast. Her car was an economy sized car, charcoal grey, and I think she was blonde. There was a few cars at the light. If you remember this, please contact me at pcosinct at yahoo dot com. I'd like to file a formal complaint against this woman but don't have the necessary information. I am looking into seeing if there are cameras on that intersection as well. Hopefully it was caught on tape.
720 Edgewood Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - WestvilleIs it legal to park a tractor- trailer on city street in the middle of a public park for days . There has been an 18 wheeler parked since at least last week on Edgewood Ave in park . I can't believe it has not been seen by NH police or parking enforcement .
471 Central Ave New Haven, CT 06515, USA - WestvilleUnleashed pit bulls jumping at low, broken fence
C/O Valley And Blake Streets New Haven, CT - WestvilleThere are many mornings, including today, where the traffic signal at Valley and Blake, coming from Valley onto Blake, has inconsistent cycling. The signal for traffic on Blake will cycle through from green to red, however when it turns red, it will cycle again for Blake, with the signal for Valley Street staying red. It backs up traffic well past Emerson Street. It also causes some of the more cavalier operators to run the red light, cut into traffic, etc. This does not happen every day which is also odd.
Edgewood And Central Avenue New Haven, Connecticut - Westville
An older model tan SUV license plate 705-HEL traveling eastbound on Edgewood Ave made an illegal left turn to go North on Central Avenue this morning, nearly running over my two school children walking to Edgewood school. There were witnesses.
I was walking with my 8 and 9 year old children to school this morning, heading east on Edgewood Ave when we stopped on the northwest corner of Edgewood and Central. A westbound driver on Edgewood started to turn right to go north on Central Ave. As she pulled into the intersection, she waived for me and my children to cross in front of her. The driver of the tan SUV, license plate 705 HEL, apparently too impatient to wait for school children in an intersection, started to turn left to cut off the driver who had motioned for us to cross in front of her.
I stopped him from hitting us by yelling at him and telling my kids to run. The tan SUV driver told me to shut the f*** up. My daughter cried the rest of the way to school she was so scared.