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Reader asks drivers to slow down

February 28th, 2011 · 33 Comments

Bekki wrote and asked us to share her request for drivers who travel on West Viewmont Way.

I would like to request a blog entry of a suggestion for drivers to consider obeying the speed limit in this area.  The area that we live in, the 3000 block, experiences a number of drivers, on any given day, who drive with what seems to be without regard for the speed limit.  We see individuals speed up and down this road, racing at times, and even clipping parked cars as they make the curve up toward Discovery Park. It’s dangerous and just plain rude.

Please drive as though your children play in this area; as though your loved ones are making their way across the street, etc. The speeds with which many of the drivers zoom up and down this road are becoming ridiculous; and nearly every weekend we witness what appears to be street racing.  We are working to get speed bumps installed, but in the mean time, could drivers please show some compassion.

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  • Melanie H

    I definetly agree with you on this Bekki. I experience this problem withthe drivers who speed down the W Dravus St hill. I understand it is a very very steep hill, but instead of people breaking down the hill they cruise down going extremely fast. I live a the bottom of this hill and everyday I am literally scared to turn onto it because of the people who race down this hill cannot stop in time if I pulling out. My driveway is partially blocked by cars parked on the street and is hard to see. So to everyone: please slow down at the bottom of the hill! Thank you Bekki to bringing this problem to everyone’s attention, I hope it helps!

    ~concerned W Dravus St hill resident

    • Guest

      Then maybe you shouldn’t pull out in front of people, and wait for them to pass you

  • Cat-Country

    You kids, get off my lawn!!!

    Darn whipper snappers.

  • Cat-Country

    You kids, get off my lawn!!!

    Darn whipper snappers.

    • billybibbet

      Your posts are becoming more and more useless….can you find another website or forum where your thoughts might be more appreciated?

      • Cat-Country

        Billy, you’re such an Internet Tough Guy. What are you going to do about it?

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  • http://twitter.com/justindignation justindignation

    Speed bumps, really? Viewmont is an arterial street.

  • http://twitter.com/justindignation justindignation

    Speed bumps, really? Viewmont is an arterial street.

  • Pro-safety- anti-speed bumps

    Speed bumps on West Viewmont?! Are you joking? Isn’t that a bus route….?

    I hate to break it to you Bekki, but speeding is a problem for everyone-everywhere in Magnolia and in other neighborhoods.

    I’m not trying to discount your concerns, as they are valid. But I am speaking as someone who lives on a main (and very busy) arterial in Magnolia, which besides speeders has a constant stream of buses, delivery trucks and other vehicles daily- speed bumps are just not the answer.

    Don’t we (Magnolia) have community meetings? Bring it up there! To the citizens directly! Start a neighborhood campaign to bring awareness to the issue. Don’t blind side people without giving them a chance to take responsibility for their actions.

    Reporting the issue directly to the Seattle Police Department is another step. By reporting the issue as it’s happening, it helps the SPD determine that A. we have a problem and B. people want to fix it. They can get more patrols out here, set up a time to track the issues, etc. The NON-emergency line is 206-625-5011 just listen to the options and pick the most relevant one or wait to speak to the operator to ask for assistance.
    (DO NOT call 911 unless there is an actual emergency or crime involved.)

    I would like to see every other avenue taken BEFORE we just go requesting speed bumps here and there. It won’t stop speeders. It will just encourage shorter, faster drag races between them and honestly, whoa the hell wants to drive over speed bumps every other block?! I know I don’t.

  • Pro-safety- anti-speed bumps

    Speed bumps on West Viewmont?! Are you joking? Isn’t that a bus route….?

    I hate to break it to you Bekki, but speeding is a problem for everyone-everywhere in Magnolia and in other neighborhoods.

    I’m not trying to discount your concerns, as they are valid. But I am speaking as someone who lives on a main (and very busy) arterial in Magnolia, which besides speeders has a constant stream of buses, delivery trucks and other vehicles daily- speed bumps are just not the answer.

    Don’t we (Magnolia) have community meetings? Bring it up there! To the citizens directly! Start a neighborhood campaign to bring awareness to the issue. Don’t blind side people without giving them a chance to take responsibility for their actions.

    Reporting the issue directly to the Seattle Police Department is another step. By reporting the issue as it’s happening, it helps the SPD determine that A. we have a problem and B. people want to fix it. They can get more patrols out here, set up a time to track the issues, etc. The NON-emergency line is 206-625-5011 just listen to the options and pick the most relevant one or wait to speak to the operator to ask for assistance.
    (DO NOT call 911 unless there is an actual emergency or crime involved.)

    I would like to see every other avenue taken BEFORE we just go requesting speed bumps here and there. It won’t stop speeders. It will just encourage shorter, faster drag races between them and honestly, whoa the hell wants to drive over speed bumps every other block?! I know I don’t.

    • billybibbet

      +1…and the reality of the matter is “speed calming” device whether speed bumpe or traffic circles are NOT going to happen, due to the Viewmont being a bus line and basically an “arterial”. The best, and most likely thing you can do that will gain you some results is two things that the city will assist you with:

      1) Request the mobile speed warning trailer is set up for a couple weeks. It reads out the speed to passing drivers.

      2) Notify Seattle Police traffic unit and they will position some traffic unit guys during the hours you believe the most infractions occur. They will periodically come out over the course of a couple days a week for a few weeks.

      Best of luck, but understand your situation is hardly unique anywhere else in the city. Speeding is a problem everywhere.

      • emma

        Perhaps a drive to the top of QA hill is in order. Sixth Ave W is both and arterial and a bus route (2). Guess what–it has two speed bumps–so it can happen.

        • Guest

          Hey Emma–Guess what– this isn’t Queen Anne.

        • Jan

          To “Guest” – great come back, I think I just heard the recess bell, better get a skid-daddlying back to your 5th grade class.

  • Pro-safety- anti-speed bumps

    Speed bumps on West Viewmont?! Are you joking? Isn’t that a bus route….?

    I hate to break it to you Bekki, but speeding is a problem for everyone-everywhere in Magnolia and in other neighborhoods.

    I’m not trying to discount your concerns, as they are valid. But I am speaking as someone who lives on a main (and very busy) arterial in Magnolia, which besides speeders has a constant stream of buses, delivery trucks and other vehicles daily- speed bumps are just not the answer.

    Don’t we (Magnolia) have community meetings? Bring it up there! To the citizens directly! Start a neighborhood campaign to bring awareness to the issue. Don’t blind side people without giving them a chance to take responsibility for their actions.

    Reporting the issue directly to the Seattle Police Department is another step. By reporting the issue as it’s happening, it helps the SPD determine that A. we have a problem and B. people want to fix it. They can get more patrols out here, set up a time to track the issues, etc. The NON-emergency line is 206-625-5011 just listen to the options and pick the most relevant one or wait to speak to the operator to ask for assistance.
    (DO NOT call 911 unless there is an actual emergency or crime involved.)

    I would like to see every other avenue taken BEFORE we just go requesting speed bumps here and there. It won’t stop speeders. It will just encourage shorter, faster drag races between them and honestly, whoa the hell wants to drive over speed bumps every other block?! I know I don’t.

  • Guest

    There are speed bumps on arterials in QA, it’s not that odd. As to all of the approaches – I say, “grow up and slow the heck down.” Blah blah blah community meetings – slow down or call the cops, take video, take photos, post them and drive those stupid speeders crazy.

  • guest

    go fast or go home

    • Guest

      Then go home, your mommy is likely missing you.

    • Anonymous

      yeah but until your loved one is killed….
      irresponsible comment…

  • JakeR

    High class problems.

  • willnowspeedforfun

    Magnoliavoice FAIL!!!!!!! I think i am officially done with this site.
    Can you find a more useless post in the world EVER? I am so annoyed by this that I plan to now speed on this street just cus.

    Magnoliavoice quit posting anything and everything. I will never get back the minute i spent reading this and i will never forgive you for it.

    • Turned off

      I’m going to have to agree with you here (on the posting topics.)

      I know it was brought up in the past about all the missing pets. But these sorts of topics from readers seem to be just petty complaints that should be saved for a forum discussion or something else.

      I am turned off by the lack of news that this “community news source” is supposed to provide.

    • Turned off

      I’m going to have to agree with you here (on the posting topics.)

      I know it was brought up in the past about all the missing pets. But these sorts of topics from readers seem to be just petty complaints that should be saved for a forum discussion or something else.

      I am turned off by the lack of news that this “community news source” is supposed to provide.

    • Guest

      Seriously, you have no control over how far you read…? Are you Charlie Sheen?

    • Anonymous

      what IS your problem? Maybe get a life instead of trolling posts and putting them down! Go ahead, leave the site, it’ll do us a favor.

      • Serpy

        Proudfoor you actually just trolled yourself. The commenter had a valid site content critisim and you trolled them for speaking they’re mind.

    • Cat-Country

      It’s a slow Magnolia Voice day. I guess when they run out of content, they have to read the Inbox and post the first email they find.

  • Guestalina

    Speeding and parked cars getting clipped are problems everywhere, especially on other arterials. The problem isn’t specific to West Viewmont Way. Besides, I’m pretty sure that the people who care enough about our community to read this blog are not the street-racing perpetrators. I certainly understand the frustration over this problem, but this particular attempt at a “solution” seems kind of pointless.

  • Anonymous

    Any attempt made to have people slow down in and around Magnolia, especially near the schools, is a worthy effort. I’m appalled by parents who drive like speed demons near the schools. Just takes one horrific incident to really destroy lives. Thank you for imploring people to use common sense, let’s hope they listen!

  • Anonymous

    Any attempt made to have people slow down in and around Magnolia, especially near the schools, is a worthy effort. I’m appalled by parents who drive like speed demons near the schools. Just takes one horrific incident to really destroy lives. Thank you for imploring people to use common sense, let’s hope they listen!

  • nb

    I live on W. Armour St and people FLY up the street. I try to wave them to slow down, but no response. The city really doesn’t care if someone does 35 on a side street, but on Elliot or base of Magnolia bridge, keep it below 30 please.

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