There's been lots of chatter lately on the Lefferts Yahoo! Group about a possible Lefferts Manor Association plan to add speed humps to certain LM streets. Some observe cars traveling down their streets at high speeds and hope that traffic humps will alleviate the problem.
Arguments have also been made against speed humps, including the possibility that they could lead to increased noise.
Either way, there's only one thing in the whole string of emails we've read that makes sense: traffic calming initiatives need to take place across the whole neighborhood, not just a few streets in the Manor. Adding speed humps to one or two streets will only push traffic off onto another street.
In addition, ATP things that PLG has MUCH bigger fish to fry as a community when it comes to traffic calming. Take, for example, the intersection of Lincoln Rd. and and Flatbush Ave (pictured). If you haven't had a near death experience at this intersection, then you don't live in PLG and you've never visited. Drivers never know where to go and seem completely blind to the fact that pedestrians actually use crosswalks.
Calming traffic on Flatbush Ave. (and possibly the superhighway that is Rogers Ave.) would have a greater impact on the neighborhood as a whole than adding speed humps to a few blocks. We're no traffic engineers, so we have no suggestions on how to fix Flatbush and Lincoln, but perhaps LMA could expand the scope of their traffic calming initiative to the broader PLG communty. Doing so would be a tremendous boon to quality of life in the neighborhood.