A Safer Neighborhood: Speed Awareness & Traffic Safety

we stop for each otherA Safer Neighborhood: Speed Awareness & Traffic Safety The City of Elmhurst has launched a new program themed, “A Safer Neighborhood: Speed Awareness & Traffic Safety.” The goal with this effort is to improve traffic safety in our community through education and data analysis.

Mayor Levin states, “We’ve heard community concerns about speeding in neighborhoods. This program will allow us to better analyze data while recommending and implementing improvement plans.”

The program will include a Pilot Neighborhood Traffic Study, a review of traffic control devices, traffic flow and speed data, as well as a driver speed awareness campaign. 

The first Pilot Neighborhood Traffic Study will be in the College View area. Residents in this area will receive specific information about the study by mail. The goal will be to increase safety by improving motorists’ expectations and by creating a higher level of consistency with traffic signs. The study will review traffic controls at all intersections and speed limits along all streets.  Traffic consultants will gather traffic volume and speed data and review accident and citation records. There will also be a public meeting including a neighborhood discussion about the study, with review of recommendations. A formal presentation to City Council will include recommendations for implementation in the study area. Council and City Staff will then decide the next Neighborhood Traffic Study location based on objective standards such as traffic accident data and speed and traffic control reports. 

The driver speed and traffic awareness campaign will promote ways to improve the safety of our neighborhood streets. Educational and promotional materials will include the message, “Safety Starts with Us” followed by an actionable way in which neighbors can look out for each other’s safety and well-being. Marketing materials will consist of neighborhood yard signs, bumper stickers, posters and magnets. 

This program will aim to improve the environment and quality of life of our community through public safety awareness, encouragement, and enforcement.