Under the policy approved by aldermen Tuesday, those asking the city to install bumps to control speeders on residential streets will be required to present a petition containing the signatures of at least 60 percent of the residents of both the street in question and the surrounding neighborhood.
Mayor Derrick Blythe noted the board has approved several such requests recently and he’s begun receiving several more. He said they need to have a policy in place so they can be dealt with consistently.
Ward 3 Alderman Mark McCoy expressed concern about the number of speed bumps added in some areas recently. While acknowledging efforts need to be made to control speeders, he said he believes too many can also create a safety hazard.
McCoy said he feels the speed bumps installed on Davis Street recently are excessive, with too many too close together. Noting the street goes into Longwood Community Living Center, he said the bumps could make it difficult for ambulance, fire and other emergency responders to get to people quickly when responding to emergencies.
“We have to worry about safety,” said McCoy.