Friday, May 19, 2017

Next Step on Old North Traffic Calming: ONDNA Working Group On Traffic Calming? (259)

1. Rob Davis to ONDA re Traffic Calming
The letter ONDNA President Marilyn Underwood sent the City calling for traffic calming measures in Old North -- published in post number 257, May 5, 2017 -- elicited the response from Davis Mayor Robb Davis that is reproduced in graphic 1.

The Mayor mentions that the Council has asked the BTSS Commission (“Bit-Sick?”) to “work on a plan for street calming across the city.”

Curious about this, I went to the agendas and minutes of BTSSC and found that, according to the agenda for the April 13, 2017 meeting, an “Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Neighborhood Traffic Calming” was created at that very meeting (graphic 3).

So, there may be traffic-calming work in that Commission, but it is very new. No minutes of that meeting are reported as yet, so we do not know the exact nature of the action taken beyond creation of an organizational entity.

Also attached to that agenda is a 16-page PDF article stamped in red letters that say it is related to establishing the Subcommittee on Traffic Calming. Because of the length, I include only the first page of it (graphic 4). The article appears to be a chapter from a book titled Traffic Calming: State of the Practice and reports on experience in Portland. For the entire article -- as well as more information on BTSSC -- go to this URL:


I think it would be good if the ONDNA created a Working Group on Traffic Calming that has at least three members, only one of which would need tp be a member of the ONDA Board. Also, the Chair of the Group might not be a member of the Board.

This group should be tasked with tracking the actions of the BTSSC Subcommittee on Traffic Calming by attending all its meetings, making suggestions for traffic calming that are especially relevant to Old North, and engaging in other Old North relevant traffic calming promotion. Such other actions might include making public reports of what the Working Group is learning and organizing calls for wider resident participation in traffic calming affairs, especially in those involving BTSSC meetings.

If you think the idea for an ONDA traffic calming Working Group is a good one and would like to be a member, I urge you to email your views to ONDA President Marilyn Underwood at

3. BTSSC Agenda, April 13, 2017

2. BTSSC Agenda, April 13, 2017

4. First page, traffic calming article related to subcommittee creation