Eliot Neighborhood Association
Land Use Committee
Minutes for July 11th, 2016
We had a nice walking meeting and discussed the Rodney stop sign issue.
We saw 2 wrecked cars at Monroe and Rodney which have reportedly been there for over a month.
There was a discussion of how the stop signs at Monroe and Morris where they intersect Rodney could be swapped. Clint mentioned how this would make sense to reduce the number of stops for bikes on the 2 routes from 2 in the area to 1. However Allan was very concerned with this issue due to the fact that he lives on Morris street and does not want to move the location of the wrecks to his block. There was a general agreement that some other sort of diversion or speed reduction would be needed on Morris street if this were going to be done.
Allan was asking folks if they thought that the status quo was better than if we simply made the Monroe/Rodney stop sign face east & west noting that the crashes were only happening at this intersection — no one seemed to think that we should turn it. Allan mentioned that he was quite tempted to drop this issue rather than have his street face the burden of having North/South facing stop signs.
Clint & Phil mentioned how the long stretch from Ivy to Russell was much longer than from Williams to Vancouver, while Allan wouldn’t let go of the fact that there are more things to slow cars down on Rodney between the speed bumps and intersections that cause folks to slow down for potentially crossing traffic. Montse mentioned how we could propose adding a diverter at Morris/MLK and Allan mentioned that one at Morris and Rodney could also work, but it seemed like there was not a consensus of how either of those would work.
Allan mentioned about how Morris street east of Rodney is noticeably above the city’s standards for a greenway: < 1000 cars/day and <100 cars/hr at peak.
Several neighbors came by to weigh in but none had any definite answers. Folks generally mentioned that speed bumps should be closer to the intersections, where speeding is most dangerous.