Traffic study in Roland Park shows few speeders

March 05, 1998|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A city traffic study at a Roland Park intersection described by some neighbors as dangerous shows evidence of minor speeding over the posted limit of 25 mph.

Some residents fault the study because it was not conducted during peak rush hours.

Kurt L. Kocher, spokesman for the Department of Public Works, said the study indicates westbound traffic at the intersection of Schenley Road and West Cold Spring Lane averages 30 mph, while eastbound traffic averages 28 mph.

The study was done a week ago between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Kocher said, with the speed of 200 vehicles -- 100 in each direction -- timed with a radar gun.

"We don't want to downplay the fact that some people are speeding," said Kocher, "but relatively speaking, speed is not the serious problem. The problems are perception and volume."

About 14,000 vehicles pass the corner from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., he said.

Business owners and residents have said that with no light or sign to stop traffic at Schenley Road and West Cold Spring Lane, it is dangerous to cross the east-west lane that connects to the Jones Falls Expressway.

Several expressed skepticism yesterday at the results of the study and questioned whether the time of day gave an accurate picture of traffic flow.

"This is the city's feasibility study? That might be flawed," said Clay Pinson, manager of the Daily Grind coffee shop. "Our main concern is someone getting killed out there. You can't take 10 to 11 a.m. and assume that's the norm of the day."

"They should come here during rush hour," said Heather Ford, 32, a resident.

Kocher said the department is "looking for ways to improve the comfort level over there."

He invited residents to contact the department to suggest ways to improve pedestrian safety at the corner's crosswalk and said a meeting with a Roland Park Civic League representative is planned this month.

Kocher also said the Public Works Department would undertake another speed study at a different hour and repaint the crosswalk this week, weather permitting. He explained the late morning hour was chosen because speed is likely to be greater when traffic is not clogged at rush hour.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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