One of Richmond’s enduring mysteries is how to get speed bumps installed on your street.
This was resolved by the long-lost Resolution 62-96 of 1996. Here are the criterial for speed bump applications:
- The street must be a residential, neighborhood street with no industrial or commercial properties.
- The Street cannot be a major collector or arterial street.
- Prevailing speed limit on the street must not exceed 25 mph.
- Undulations cannot be installed over manholes, valves or monuments.
- Undulations cannot be located within 25 feet of a fire hydrant.
- Undulations cannot be located within 10 feet of a driveway.
- Undulations cannot be located within a street curve or corner.
- Emergency services (Fire and police) must approve the location.
- City shall notify residents and Neighborhood Council on the affected street of any proposal to install a Speed Control Undulation.
- Neighborhood Council must have consensus of neighborhood support for the specific locations and need to install the Speed Control Undulations.
- Owner-residents of adjacent properties must support the location.
- City Council must approve installation of a Speed Control Undulation.
- Installation must be in accordance with City Standards and Criterial for installation of Speed Control Undulations.
The following procedures shall be used:
- initial proposal for installation of Speed Control Undulations shall be routed to the City Traffic Engineer and Neighborhood Council Coordinator for processing (Note, there is no longer a “neighborhood council coordinator”)
- Traffic Engineer shall review the proposed installation for compliance with City Standards and Criteria for Installation of Speed Control Undulations.
- Neighborhood Council Coordinator shall notify residents of proposal, obtain Neighborhood Council recommendation, confirm neighborhood consensus and obtain property owner-resident consensus.
- Traffic Engineer will notify emergency services and public transit agencies of proposal and obtain recommendations.
- Traffic Engineer and Neighborhood Council Coordinator will prepare a staff report and recommendations for City Council. City Council will approve or deny all proposed installations for Speed Control Undulations.
- Traffic Engineer will prepare a Work Request to Public Woks Department Operations and Maintenance Division for installation of approved Speed Control Undulations.
Several questions were later raised:
- What is consensus? Merriam-Webster defines “consensus” as “the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned,” which is not very helpful. If you have a majority, go with it.
- Who is the traffic engineer? I don’t know, and the City’s website is not helpful, but try Tawfic Halaby, email@example.com, 510-621-1612. I tried the number, and there was no answer. Tawfic may be gone, so contact Joe Leach, PE, Public Works Director, City of Richmond, 510-610-5478, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There is no “neighborhood council coordinator” anymore, so just contact the City Manager’s Office: Irene Lozano, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, City Manager’s Office, 510-621-1264, email@example.com.
The City Standards are shown below: