Traffic Calming

2004 Updates and Actions

SONA is starting to turn up the heat on Traffic Calming. We are pursuing this issue vigilantly and heightening the awareness of this ongoing problem. If you have any specific issues that need to be addressed in your area please feel to contact us directly. We will contact the San Jose Department of Transportation and request action. Please be specific in your request and if possible provide any supporting documentation of the situation and any history of the issue.

Some of the issues being addressed with the City of San Jose and immediate action requested are increased Police traffic patrols, additional signage, bike lanes, and more trees planted along common areas and park strips. The long term objective is for the addition of speed humps, street chokers, and radar speed signs. This can only be achieved by the complete neighborhood involvement.

If you have any suggestions or ideas that you would like to have implemented please email us and it will be forwarded and communicated to the Department of Transportation and the City of San Jose. Only with your involvement can we rally to get the City to fix the traffic and parking problem in our neighborhood. This issue has gone on for too long and we must all now turn up the heat to get resolution on this matter.

Further updates on Traffic Calming will be provided at all SONA general meetings so we invite all residents to attend and we invite you to add any comment or ideas you may have.

Further updates on Traffic Calming will be provided at all SONA general meetings so we invite all residents to attend and we invite you to add any comment or ideas you may have.

2003 Updates and Activities

SONA has received much feedback regarding the amount of cut-through traffic, speeding and the safety of pedestrians. This feedback has led us to explore various traffic calming measures.

There was a Traffic Calming presentation on 3/18/03 at Crossroads Bible Church. At this presentation we saw successful ways other neighborhoods have made their roads safe for adults and children while increasing property values. Traffic Calming is an important issue that affects all of us.

On 11/10/03 we took a field trip to explore implementations of several traffic calming measures that were successful.

At the SONA General Meeting on 11/14/03, Marc Jenson was our guest speaker and his topic was traffic calming. Through a slide show and videos, Marc showed us various solutions to many traffic problems. One slide even illustrated turning a 4-lane road (like Fruitdale) into a two-lane road with bike lanes down the sides and trees down the middle. An interesting point Marc made was that by converting 4-lane roads to 2-lane roads not only increase pedestrian/bike safety, but actually do not hinder the flow of traffic!

Traffic Calming Resources