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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Bill September 07, 2012 at 11:20 PM
No speed bumps (or humps). Our highway superintendent wasted enough of the town's money installing and then removing them on Curry and Quinlan streets the first time! Also, stop signs are not supposed to be used as a method of slowing traffic, as I believe I learned during the Curry Street fiasco, although that didn't stop them from leaving in the one next to the park on Curry Street. At least the people who live across the street can safely walk to the park (which I believe was the sole reason for installing it).
Bill September 08, 2012 at 12:38 AM
On the other hand, had there been speed bumps, he would have known that it was a main drag with a speed problem.
Pat Gharet September 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
What people don't understand is that without the installation of new speed bumps, removal will be impossible. The highway department cannot be expected to carry out the critical bump removal project without out the placement of additional bumps. The citizens of Yorktown will be gathering together on Sept. 31, 2012 to hold a rally in honor of future speed bumps as well as sharing memories of speed bumps past. Please join us and share stories of your favorite bump, hump or lump.
Bill September 08, 2012 at 03:52 AM
:-). And let's not forget that adding speed bumps so they can be removed encourages full employment in the highway department.
TMLeigh September 08, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I grew up in Yorktown and worked on the construction of Jefferson village and lived at the apartments on Strang Blvd across from Sears. Speed bumps or speed tables are what they are called, generic speed bumps to the layman. Traffic control devices include: stop signs, edge and center line rumble strips, traffic circles at major intersections and traffic lights, However one of the best solutions would be for planners to continue Lee Boulevard to Gomer Street. Trucks and vehicles would continue straight bypassing hilly Quinlan. Quinlan is a major north south road connecting the heights to the JV area., and was so before the mall. Want to slow down traffic let the road deteriorate, potholes, ruts, gouges, overhanging trees, narrow lanes, and street parking. Yorktown roads have never been safer than under Eric,s guidance. I am an architect and curcurrently live in Peekskill.
Lola K September 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
"Let the road deteriorate, potholes, ruts, gouges, overhanging trees, narrow lanes, and street parking." Sounds like Curry St. between London and Rte. 6 ( though it also has speed bumps and former speed bumps...
Bill September 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM
No, wait, I thought the roads have never been in better condition? I don't know why Quinlan was built so wide but clearly it makes for a very attractive road to speed on. I do like the idea of extending Lee Blvd to Gomer. It would probably cut down on some London Road traffic as well. Those are speed bumps I actually agree with.
NorthCountyHound September 08, 2012 at 03:22 PM
If you have little kids and pets you shouldn't be buying a house on a main road in the first place. Everyone knows this.
Debbie Lackowitz September 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Okay, I don't live ON Quinlan. But I do live near it and drive it every day. I don't speed. In fact, I WALK on Quinlan. I didn't check any of the above cause I don't think they would work. And for all the complaining, has anyone thought of emergency vehicles? Do you really want to slow them down? If the gentleman who bought the house spent any time evaluating, he would have realized what was there. A busy well trafficked road.
Jeanne Gilholm September 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
What about all the other streets in Yorktown that have the same problem???? Quinlan is not the only one that needs some sort of traffic control. I live on a small "side" street that's not wide and not straight, but you take your life in your hands when you venture out on foot because of the cars speeding on it. You'll often hear neighbors shouting "SLOW DOWN!" I'm afraid the problem is a big one.
James Bankhart September 08, 2012 at 04:27 PM
When you buy a house you really need to look around. Unless this guy looked at the House at 2 AM you will see cars on Quinlan. They showed me a house on Hanover near St Pats and it took us 5 minutes to figure it out. These humps, bumps and whatever you call them make it hard to plow the roads and when the plows hit them it damages the plows faster which raises the Highway Dept costs, and your taxes. If they raise the plows then people will complain about badly plowed roads. Why should everyone in Town have to endure bouncing up and down like some jeep trail in Mexico for a few cry babies.
A Patcher September 08, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I don't know the difference between speed bumps and speed humps, but they are used in Pelham on residential streets, very effectively. I think the most effective solution to slow traffic is to put in a traffic light on a cross street and have it programmed to yellow from 6pm to 6am, and full working during the day. Also post signs..."children playing", "slow - residential area", and speed limit signs of 30 MPH. The combination of signage and bumps alone should work if the cost of a traffic ligt is too much.
Sharon Sutherland September 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Speed humps and bumps are two very different things. Speed bumps are designed to force a car to go extremely slow or risk damaging your vehicle. Speed humps, like the ones on Mohegan and London Avenues are designed to force you to travel at the speed limit. A car can safely travel over a speed hump at 30 miles per hour. If the humps are properly placed and installed they will simply force the driver to travel at the speed limit. As a former member of the Citizen's Advisory Board on Traffic I can attest to the fact that the placement and installation of the humps on Mohegan and London were done according to a traffic engineer. Stop signs do not slow traffic. In fact studies have shown that most people speed up between stop signs to make up for having to slow down at them. Or they just ignore them all together.
Bill September 08, 2012 at 06:20 PM
How about the speed bumps (not humps) that were originally installed on Curry Street? Those were painful to drive over, even at the posted speed limit.
Bill September 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
This was why the *7* speed bumps installed on Curry Street originally by our wonderful highway superintendent were so awful. One of them was actually in an uphill stretch! That would have been fun, having to slow down in snow and losing your traction trying to get up the hill.
Debbie Lackowitz September 08, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Enough said. Couldn't agree more!
joan September 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I am an active member of the Mohegan Volunteer Ambulance Corps and as such I hate speed bumps. If you've ever been a patient, in pain, bumps etc. will exacerbate the problem. If you are waiting for an ambulance and we're forced to go slowly, it's a problem. With stop signs, we can look for other traffic and proceed, when safe, at a greater speed.
Jennifer September 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Something needs to be done by the town. People speed going north and south on Quinlan Street and it is very dangerous for the people who live, walk, run, ride, drive, live or play in their yards on Quinlan. Slow down people, slow down!
Francis T McVetty September 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
You want to talk about a dangerous street, take a trip west bound on Granite springs road and approach Gomer Street. Who put the stop sign 10 feet back from the intersection on Gomer Street? If I was Yorktown police officer, I would have my ticket book emptied every morning with all the people that roll through that stop sign. It is w a wonder that there aren't more accidents there, While we are at it , how about Broad street in the area of the Brookside elementary school. It has just been repaved and the double yellow lines have NOT been painted yet. Not that the double yellow lines are observed. I have had people pass me there when I was doing the speed limit. The speed limit there is 15 MPH. That is a laugh, even the school buses don't do that. Some of the worst offenders are people dropping off their children. There is no easy answer. We are a society going no where, but doing it quickly. Pay attention to the road and get the HECK off those cell phones and stop texting while you drive.
Scott Petricig September 08, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Simple fact: When Quinlan did have speed bumps, I took Gomer St instead. This is what many others will do as well, and they will speed on those roads instead. You're really just moving the problem around, not fixing anything.
James Bankhart September 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I am sorry Dr. your Highway Engineer does not know what is he doing. In tests, each speed hump or speed table slows down emergency vehicles between 3-5 seconds per hump! Do the Math on a given length of road. In tests larger vehicles have a greater immunity to these road obstructions. Trucks, Buses, and large SUVs can go over them quickly and create a lot more noise. We pay a lot of taxes here, and we would like smooth roads, we complain about potholes and want them fixed quickly. Now we have to pay to have what is a parabolic, or sinusoidal obstruction placed in the road. I am sure this fellow hammered the seller on the price due to the "busy road", now he wants a quiet country lane. I know a house for sale in Croton Heights and he will never worry about traffic. Jim Bankhart PE
Jennifer September 08, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I agree with the Gomer Street comments as well. As a town that prides itself on children, schools, sports and activities...let's take a moment to realize that our streets are NOT safe.....because of people who like to speed. Let's all come together and make a statement to the town to take care of business!
Jennifer September 08, 2012 at 09:24 PM
If we all want to come together as a community....then let's get together at a town board meeting at town hall and show them that we care. If we build it....it will come....
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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