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Residents Raise Speeding, Developer Concerns

Dozens of residents from the Collington Station and The Hamptons at Woodmore attended Tuesday night's city council meeting to air their concerns.

Speeding cars and developer accountability were the top resident concerns at Tuesday night’s Bowie City Council meeting, where more than a dozen residents showed up from Collington Station and The Hamptons at Woodmore to ask for the city’s help dealing with these issues.

Collington Station resident Patrice Murray was particularly concerned with speeding drivers going from Central Avenue to Church Road.

“We have kids living on those streets, we have bus stops on those streets,” Murray said, adding that she felt it was necessary to do something to slow the cars in her neighborhood.

Her neighbor Sydney Watts agreed, and appealed to the city council to come to the aid of the neighborhood with some creative solutions to slow down speeding vehicles.

When discussing their concerns about speeding, several of the community members referred to a traffic study conducted by the city, and stated that the average speed through their neighborhood was clocked at 45 mph. The posted speed limit is 25 mph.

City Manager David Deutsch said there may be some confusion about the results of the study.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to talk with the neighbors about what the data means,” said Deutsch.

This study showed that the average speed for top 85 percentile of cars going through the neighborhood was 45 mph, which means that these cars were going 45 mph or less—not that 85 percent of the cars were going 45 mph, he said.

There were also some concerns about the developer of The Hamptons at Woodmoore. Valeria Tomlin, who was one of the first residents to move into the neighborhood, said she was worried about the lack of signage on the bike trail, and the buffer on her property, which she considers to be too thin.

Tomlin urged the city to withhold the developer's bond until they'd completed all aspects of the project.

Deutsch assured residents that the $210,000 bond would not be released to the developer until they’d finished all of the contracted work, signs and tree plantings included.

The community will be meeting with Deutsch on Sept. 14 to discuss their traffic and developer concerns in more detail. Deutsch is prepared to reassure residents about the bond and make plans for traffic calming if that is what the residents decide.

The city has a traffic calming plan that includes a variety of options—radar, speed humps and traffic circles—though they must show a certain threshold of support within the community before any measures can be implemented.

Jenni Pompi September 06, 2012 at 12:38 PM
This group of neighbors was so well organized at the meeting. I was really impressed.
DSmith September 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Speeding is endemic to not just Bowie, but to Maryland and the entire region. Mostly due to the "get-there-itis" and the egocentric attitude 'my time is more valuable than all others on the road!' And if you take offense to that statement, then obviously you just don't get it. The mantra of drivers in this region has turned more towards 'If I'm in front of you, I have conquered you.' Regardless that the driver you passed, cut-off, or flipped-off in an unsafe and excessive manner pulls up next to you at the next traffic light, the next stop sign, or the next parking spot at the mall. What have you really gained, fulfillment of your bloated egocentric mindset, a few seconds, and I mean seconds, on the road, a heightened adrenaline level (take up skydiving, or flying, or lion-fighting if that's your reason), or just the pure satisfaction that you passed three vehicles, that in-turn will pass you again. Listen, I understand that 25 can be burdensome to some, but given that the majority of drivers exceed posted limits by at least 10 on average, would you rather your neighborhood sign read 35, or 40? Well, sorry to take your time, I know you're likely in a hurry, but next time you are barreling down an urban street, posted 30mph or less, remember, when you hit that pedestrian, bicyclist, or another in a vehicle, and that person dies due to your negligence, well, guess I don't have to explain what happens next...better get the pedal to the metal!

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