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Lead and Coal: The One-Way Speed-Ways

by Manuela Mondloch

For decades, we have debated the merits of drivers' rights versus the rights of residents, pedestrians, and cyclists along Lead and Coal. So far, we have largely prioritized motorists' rights. High speeds are dangerous. They also dampen enjoyment of the streets and properties along the road, particularly during peak traffic hours. Vehicles regularly exceed 40 mph along our stretch.

However, I am confident that there are ways to balance theses two priorities. Recently, the city temporarily placed a radar speed sign on Coal and later on Lead. Surprisingly, it made drivers more aware of their speeds and significantly quieted road noise. As soon as the sign was relocated however, traffic sped up again.

To improve quality of life along these roads, we need to slow down traffic. To that end, I have asked our City Councilor Isaac Benton to explore reducing the speed limit to 25 MPH and installing permanent radar signs. His office has responded by requesting priority funding to implement the Complete Streets changes to our neighborhood (see CABQ website for these plans). His office has also submitted a request to the city's traffic engineering department to reduce the speed limit to 25 MPH through our neighborhood, and is working with Municipal Development to explore how to acquire radar signs for our stretches of Lead and Coal. I will report back on these efforts.

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