When the residents of Park Avenue recently came before council, the police performed a traffic study, consulted the Uniform Traffic Control Manual and suggestions from the Teaneck Police Traffic Bureau were requested.
The Township just finished with traffic calming measures, today.
Thermoplastic paint was used (straight lines) in accordance with the Engineering plan. Changes include marked crosswalks, narrower traffic lanes, and a double yellow center line.
In this post, I want to focus a little bit on how our municipal code operates and the norms that existed when certain provisions were created.
The importance of Norms
While it’s clear that residents who wanted sidewalks, agreed to fix them if they fell into disrepair, problems became apparent from the start. New residents would buy homes and discover they had to fix sidewalk slabs, coming to council for relief.
We may not know it, but we did. The deal was simple — the town would put in sidewalks, assessing homeowners for the cost, and if they had problems, it was on the homeowner to repair them.
That was the deal.
In fact, the Council went to great pains to see if people actually wanted sidewalks. They sought and received input from residents, on a block-by-block basis, to see if they wanted sidewalks installed. You don’t remember anyone asking? It might have been before your time.
Here’s an example from the Township minutes in the 1950’s:
[UPDATE] After posting this, I received a call from the manager of the Port Authority. The update appears below the post
Last month, I was frustrated by the fact that carpools are limited to “Cash-Only” lanes at PA bridges and tunnels and I fired off a tweet to the Port Authority and my elected reps. Shortly after, I got a letter from Diannae C. Ehler, Director of the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals at the Port Authority, who is responsible for operations and maintenance at the PA.
If you are tasked with making sure that people can efficiently move between NYC and NJ, there are several things you want to do. Among them is to
Reduce the number of cars on the road and
Have the remaining cars move as quickly as possible.