Letters to the Editor

Speak the truth about speeding

I write in response to the front-page news article regarding the city’s action on neighborhood speeders (July 9, “Clipping wheels of speeders gets easier”). The article mentioned that certain residents from the 21st Avenue Southwest neighborhood testified to the Federal Way City Council regarding speeding. These residents –– or activists, rather –– lied to the council to produce action from the city, and I think their actions are disgusting.

These residents told the council that speeders sometimes drive side-by-side up the street. This is simply not true.

The truth of the matter is that historically, motorcycles have raced up the street side-by-side, but such activity has decreased over the years to the point where it has become nonexistent. I live on the street and monitor the traffic through my window. I haven’t heard or seen any such activity –– racing or driving side-by-side –– in years.

The entire neighborhood knows that speeding is a problem. However, despite this fact, the neighborhood has continually voted down measures over the past few years that would introduce traffic calming measures. We have thus made it very clear to the city that we don’t want to slow down. Due to the volume of traffic and number of residents, the street should actually be an arterial with curb, gutters and sidewalks, but the city won’t pay for such construction. So here we stand, at a stalemate because the neighborhood doesn’t want traffic-calming measures and the city won’t pay for an arterial to be built.

I understand the tension between all parties involved. However, I don’t think it is fair for a minority (those who want the speed bumps) to backstab the rest of the neighborhood (who voted no) and lie to the council to produce action. The entire neighborhood shouldn’t have to suffer for something that only a few people want.

Eric Wagenhals

Federal Way

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