The NewAlbanist is jacked up on speed.


And appropriately so.

In the ongoing design vs. enforcement scrum, I’ve always assumed that someone in the city’s upper administrative echelons is able to formulate the arguments in the design vs. enforcement scrum. If the best possible world would be street design serving as an impediment to speeding and recklessness (and making enforcement less of an issue), the worst outcome would be a street designed to encourage speeding and recklessness — and no enforcement at all.

Admittedly, it might get even worse than the latter, as in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where state highway officials not only did nothing about one-way streets, but actually proposed raising the speed limit.

Seems to me that better design leads to better ways for the police to use their time.

Don’t forget the $60,000 hike, coming November 10 to a dangerous arterial near you.

Here are two recent NewAlbanist posts, with survey results soon.

Casablanca on the Ohio

 … In an earlier post I asked you to guess “How Many Speeding Tickets Were Written by the NAPD Between 10/1/2012 and 9/30/2013.” Before seeing this report, my over/under would have been 100, a number that would have been truly a scandal if it had been accurate. Little did I know that I have been an eyewitness to almost one-third of all tickets written in New Albany. But more on that later.


Do You Feel the Need for Speed?

If the number of speeding citations issued by the New Albany Police Department is any measure, we have some of the safest streets in the world.

Last week I told you about a meeting of New Albany’s Board of Public Works and Safety at which Maj. Keith Whitlow said, in essence, that there is no speeding problem on Elm Street. In “response” to a request by Grace Transue, a resident on that street, the Major ordered one of his officers to conduct a (very) brief survey of traffic speeds on Elm.