i biked along 21st this morning as the speedbumps were being built. i stopped at each one and smiled happily. i thanked the workers at each site. They were a little taken aback; i guess people aren't usually so grateful for their work. Other neighbors told me they had similar interactions. At a local coffee shop i talked with a couple guys not from the neighborhood who -- though happy to hear we got we wanted on 21st -- had complaints about the speedbumps the City put in on 76th, out past Mt. Tabor, which he said the neighbors there did *not* want. "The City has selective hearing," he said. i guess so, since it took them 5 years to listen to the residents around here, who have wanted these speedbumps on 21st for so long.
i biked up and down the street several other times during the course of my day and was gleeful to see cars slow down dramatically before crossing each of the bumps. SE 21st has a lot of pedestrian, pet and bicycle traffic and the cars and trucks and SUVs go way to f'n fast. i've had innumerable negative experiences there, and i'm hoping they'll be fewer now.
i'd like to give out a big PROPS to Chris Eykamp, a local resident (now living in Germany) who is the person most responsible for making these speedbumps happen. He worked hard, with the city and the neighborhood association, to build consensus among neighbors and convice city bureaucrats that doing this is the right thing. He was right, and i'm thankful for all the hard work he did. This article is posted for him, so he can see the fruits of his labor come into being.