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Yorktown Man Concerned Over Lack of Speed Bumps on Quinlan Street [Poll]

What's the best solution for slowing traffic on Quinlan Street? Residents want town board members to install speed humps, not bumps.

Residents, living on Quinlan Street in Yorktown, are asking town board members for a solution to slow down traffic in their neighborhood. 

Jack Mota, a three-year resident, said when he placed a bid to purchase his house there was a speed bump right next to his house. But right before he closed on the property in 2009, all the speed bumps on the street were removed. 

"If I knew the speed bumps were going to be removed, I never would have bought the house," the father of two young daughter told town board members earlier this week. 

The main reason for the speed bumps to be removed, Mota was told were residents' complaints. However, he said residents have told him they didn't sign a petition for the removal of the speed bumps. 

According to data on Quinlan Street, the average speed was 38 miles-per-hour and the high speed was 64 miles-per-hour without the speed bumps, Mota said.

"This is a residential area – an area with 30-mile-an-hour speed limit," Mota said. "It only takes one speeding car to end a life."

Mota said he and his wife were concerned about the safety of their two young children, as well as the safety of all the children on their block.

Citing September 2008 town board minutes, Mota said the speed bumps were installed without the residents' knowing and two bumps, which were too high, were lowered in March 2008.

"The biggest complaint are the speed bumps, noise of trucks, but the speed bumps were placed right below bedroom windows," Mota said. "The other one complaint was inconvenience of driving over the bumps with landscaping materials. But what's more important – convenience or safety?"

Mota, who is gathering signatures for a petition to install speed humps –not speed bumps – in his neighborhood, said there have been only seven people who were opposed to the speed humps. 

Yorktown councilman Nick Bianco, who also lives in the area, said placing speed humps was not the answer to the solution because of liability issues. 

"It's the shortcut to the mall and everybody knew that," Bianco said of Quinlan Street. "When I moved there there was no two-road to the mall, there was no mall. But that's what it is now, but we need to do something to slow it down. Perhaps some stop signs." 

Yorktown supervisor Michael Grace said board members would refer the issue to the traffic safety committee. 

"We get your point loud and clear," Grace said. 

Mota said he was willing to have town board members over to his house where they could listen to the residents' concerns and discuss a solution. 

"Listen to us," he told Yorktown town board members. 

What's the best solution for slowing down traffic on Quinlan Street? Take our poll and tell us in the comments below. 

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Jennifer September 08, 2012 at 10:16 PM
If you ask me....I heard.....years later.....that the reason the speed bumps were taken away from Quinlan were because it wasn't approved by whom ever.............. just a rumor I think but who knows.................
A Patcher September 10, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Amen to your last sentence! Driving a car is driving a 5000 lb killing machine and all distractions make it dangerous. One day they will have something in cars that prevents cell phones from working as there is no other way to monitor or stop that insanity. Even talking hands free is distracting because your mind is elsewhere. Cell phones are a great invention but there is a time and place to use them, and remember... if your children see you breaking the law....they will also, and it could lead to a very sad day for you. (All sell phones have voice mail...us it to save lives)
A Patcher September 10, 2012 at 09:08 AM
It is "Speed Humps" in Pelham if that is the difference between the two, and they do work in Pelham on residential streets, and near the schools. I stil believe puting the problem in front of the drivers on these streets, with signage to "slow down", "residential area", "children playing", etc will make some difference also. People are not stupid, just self obsorbed, so we need to get in their face.
Jack Mota Jr. September 17, 2012 at 02:32 PM
FYI.... If you read the article you would see that when I placed the offer for my house they speed tables were installed. And they were removed too close to my closing. Now my problem is not the quantity of cars. It is the speeding. I grew up in Yonkers and I work in the Bronx. I do not mind the amount, it is the 50 to 60 mph that people do on the block. So before assumptions are made, talk to the person first. We have done research, emergency vehicles have the capability (ems) to care for the patient. Fire trucks can do 30mph over the correct speeds HUMPS. And what about roads with drastic speed bumps, how do emergency vehicles drive on those streets??
lisa September 17, 2012 at 03:16 PM
For everyone commenting who do NOT live on my road, why don't you come talk to my neighbors who have lived here for 20 years and refer to it as the speedway. Reread the article and see that the house was bought WITH speed bumps installed AND bumps were removed after purchase! It is not the amount of cars its the ILEGAL speeding!!! Why should we worry about the convenience of NON residents who use our road to cut through. As for EMS vehicles, my sister recently had one show up when she passed out with a severe seizure: no speed bumps on her road, the vehicle did the speed limit, they moved slowly out of the vehicle and getting her in, then drove away at the speed limit. They are trained to help why would they need to speed? So if you are on a side road with speed bumps are you expecting to not have an EMS truck come through? Worry about speeding cars and not your convenience. We knew it was a busy block, who cares. But speeding was under control. Now its not. Come talk to my neighbors if you have a problem with what WE as a community want.

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