Residents resist Raleigh's efforts to slow drivers

Posted November 16, 2012

— Some residents of a north Raleigh neighborhood say that they are against an upcoming city project designed to force drivers to slow down.

About 3,500 cars pass through the neighborhood on Rainwater Road every day, and despite a study by the city that found that speeding is a problem in the area, the group of neighbors doesn't want traffic-calming measures, such as medians and extended curbs, in the area.

"We do not think it looks very good. It's potentially dangerous. It's not necessary, and we think it's a waste of money," said John Dew, who, along with other neighbors, is gathering signatures for a petition against the project.

Dew said a majority of neighbors don't want the measures, which would also include signs and an inability to park in many areas.

"I don't think it's any more dangerous than any other street in Raleigh," said resident Pat Price.

Other neighbors disagree.

"My neighbor's been hit (and other neighbors have been hit)," Wendy Runyon said. "I have three small children and don't let them play out (in the front yard)."

Raleigh's planning and development manager, Eric Lamb, says that, while some of the neighbors dispute the need for traffic-calming measures, a recent survey found speed is a major problem on Rainwater Road.

Please Slow Down Residents resist Raleigh's efforts to slow drivers

Some drivers, he said, were clocked going 68 mph in the 30-mph zone.

"The single, biggest criteria to qualify for traffic calming is speeding," Lamb said. "The biggest predominant factor was speeding."

Despite the petition, he said, the city plans to move forward with the project.

"We're in a position to make a lot of tweaks," he said, noting planners have already made a number of changes to the proposal based on community feedback.

"This is a community-driven process, so we want this to be something the neighbors strongly favor," he said.

Residents will be able to weigh in on a revised version of the traffic plan for Rainwater Road sometime in January.

After incorporating that feedback, planners will present the project to City Council for a vote.


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  • denisdh Nov 20, 2012

    What in the world is Raleigh doing. The so called traffic calming is nothing but laughable. Has got to be a better way to then to make seeming claustrophobic sign riddled islands in the middle of peoples neighborhoods.

  • piene2 Nov 19, 2012

    "I would love to see speed bumps or some other measures taken on Valley Stream Dr in the Winchester neighborhood. That stretch is like the Indy 500.

    I love to watch the locals go over speed bumps. They look like they are sitting on eggs and are afraid of cracking one. The faster one hits a speed bump, the less it is felt. Cars, are equipped with springs and shock absorbers to smooth out bumps. However the car must be going fast enough for them to work as designed.

  • timtooltime777 Nov 19, 2012

    Well it's a good place to give out speeding tickets, and make money for the city ! Hello !

  • shortcake53 Nov 19, 2012

    I would love to see speed bumps or some other measures taken on Valley Stream Dr in the Winchester neighborhood. That stretch is like the Indy 500.

  • nonPC Nov 19, 2012

    How about just assign a police officer to sit there from 7-9am and from 4-6pm everyday for the next 6 months...write tickets everyday...they did this on nottigham in Cary b/c speed and people running the stop sign. Not only has speeding stopped and people began respecting the stop sign but now traffic is down severly on the road in general and really only used by those in the community

  • piene2 Nov 19, 2012

    This story is truly amazing. Usually the locals will do anything they can to drive as slowly as they possibly can. always, of course in the passing lane.

  • jmeese Nov 19, 2012

    I drive Rainwater almost daily to and from my office on Spring Forest and am amazed at how fast people drive on that street.

    Maybe Rainwater was poorly designed, but just as you begin to go north on Rainwater from Spring Forest, there are four severe curves (two of which are partially blind) before Rainwater straightens out. And houses are very close to the street in that section.

    Cars definitely move way too fast through that stretch, and over the years I have seen very little if any speed enforcement in that area.

    I'm one of the drivers the speeders don't like to be behind on Rainwater as I do the speed limit. There are simply way too many things that can go wrong if you don't.

    I'm hopeful that the proposed changes will result in drivers moving much slower through that area and that we will have prevented the kind of accident no one wants to occur.

  • justbcauz Nov 19, 2012

    As a Hedingham resident, I can say that it doesn't seem the traffic calming in our neighborhood has made much difference. The City now plans to add speed tables because nothing else seems to have worked.

  • one Nov 16, 2012

    I wonder if the folks that want traffic control live on rainwater
    And if the folks that don't want traffic control drive on rainwater to get home.

  • r u crazy too Nov 16, 2012

    Never fails to amaze that there's always someone who blames EVERY story and article on a political agenda!