Remove Speed Bumps and Speed Cushions
Speed bumps, at $15K a piece, are a draconian approach to speed mitigation; Remove them
Speed Bumps, at a cost of $15,000 dollars per device, may not be the most ideal method to control traffic flow. It also may affect poorer neighborhoods than more affluent ones based on lack of through roads as a function of Jim Crow, and the lack of infrastructure investment historically.
Are speed bumps the ideal way of managing our roadways? Much of Austin's East side lacks major thoroughfares because of historical Jim Crow segregation on the East side. As a result, I sense that the East side has significantly more speed bumps than the West of town (discrimination). Speed bumps are painful for those with musculoskeletal issues, and once installed, seem to become permanent. I'd like for the city to provide a map showing the location of every speed bump and cushion as a matter of transparency, with total cost included. At $15,000 per install, it seems rather wasteful too, since I know that asphalt and labor does not cost that much (Is this a money grab from a greedy COA department with an agenda?). What is the actual cost to install bumps, and how much will it cost to remove them? Also, what's the cost of the diverted traffic? A previous neighborhood thoroughfare has been bumped, and now many of those cars have been diverted to my street that does not have bumps. Create a process to remove bumps, as these should not become permanent in most cases. Also notice that some vehicle axle spacing makes them unaffected by the bumps, and the bumps often entice drivers to drive in the middle of the road to avoid them. What about using police to issue citations on roads that actually have a speeding problem instead?