Benton Park will be hosting a Traffic Calming Demonstration this Sunday, Oct. 2nd on Pestalozzi Street between Indiana & McNair Aves. This will be a one day demonstration where traffic calming elements, such as curb extensions, traffic chokers, and mini-roundabouts are temporarily illustrated in the roadway to introduce and familiarize neighbors with new streetscape possibilities, test their effectiveness on driving habits, and gauge public reception.
Please drive or walk by on Sunday to get a feel and stop to chat. VOLUNTEERS TO USE A RADAR GUN AND COLLECT DATA OR SET UP & TEAR DOWN ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!! You'll be compensated in pizza and tasty beverages, and get to use a cool radar gun and wear a cool reflective vest!
The Board of Aldermen recently passed a Traffic Calming Policy which creates a centralized process for traffic calming requests. Sunday's demonstration is a first step towards raising awareness of what traffic calming can do to make our streets safer in our neighborhoods, and encourages neighbors to begin thinking about and discussing these possibilities. This demonstration is not to suggest that these changes will officially be implemented at this specific location, but to monitor the effect & to highlight elements that could be added throughout our neighborhood & city after further study & feedback.
Special thanks to Trailnet & St. Louis Street Dept. for making this demonstration possible!
A video of past demonstrations around St. Louis can be seen here: