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OPINION: Lower Speed Limit Needed in Kirkwood Neighborhood

A Kirkwood resident expresses concern for the safety of children in the area of Woodlawn Estates and calls on the City of Kirkwood to take action.

The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by a resident of Fairwood Lane in Kirkwood.

The Area of Woodlawn Estates including the Streets of Fairwood Lane, Longview Blvd, Essex Ave, East Bodley, Claybrook and so forth are facing speeding cars and cars not stopping at the stop signs.

Presently on Fairwood Lane there are 18 children between the ages of 2 and 17. Most of them being on the younger side. I believe that with cars going over the limit that a young child will get hurt riding a bike or playing football and Lacrosse in the median of Longview Blvd.

Currently the limit is 25 mph on Longview, Fairwood Lane and on Bodley the limit is 20 mph when there is not nearly as many kids as on Fairwood Lane.

With recent emails and calls to the City of Kirkwood to the team that will go out and review the street to see if a lower limit is essential, officials investigated the area. After they did their investigation they came to the ruling that there is no need for a 20 mph speed limit sign when there is a considerable amount of kids present.

That tremendously irritates the neighborhood. An example of this absurd driving is while there is a block party cars will fly up and do not pay attention to their surroundings. Us the parents have to yell “SLOW DOWN” at them. Also there are residents that live on Fairwood Lane that speed up the street around 30 mph. Even they will not adhere to the residents nor the police force.

With all of this happening it’s time for change to occur and the City of Kirkwood to take major action for the protection of their residents that pay taxes and that have to deal with our recycling not being picked up because it is more than 1 foot away from the curb. 

Sign a petition to lower the speed limit on Fairwood Lane in Kirkwood. Click here to sign.

Send Letters to the Editor to Owen Skoler at owen.skoler@patch.com.

Bill October 02, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I agree with this, I am terrified that one of my kids will get hit. Please TAKE ACTION KIRKWOOD. Thanks to the resident who asked this story to be published.
Lilly October 02, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Sign the petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/lower-speed-limit-on-fairwood-lane-kirkwoodmo/
Owen Skoler (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thanks for adding the photo and petition. I've also included a link to the petition in the body of the Letter to the Editor.
Linda Austin October 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
When our two-block area had a herd of little children Kirkwood officials refused to put a 4-way stop at our corner to slow the speeders flying by. Lowering the 25mph speed limit would not have done anything. Our street seemed to be the speedway for getting around the Geyer slowdown around Keysor School. Good luck Woodlawn Estates folks.
Terry Sibbitts October 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
This is not just a problem in this neighborhood. I live at an intersection with a stop sign and the number of cars that ignore the sign and speed down the street is staggering. I am not convinced that a lower speed limit is the answer. My first call to action is to make a plea to all my Kirkwood neighbors to give some consideration to how they are driving around town.
Lilly October 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
They wont put in a 4 way stop at all !!!!!. I did not know there was an issues over there. Lets let Kirkwood know whats going on out our streets!!
Cathy B October 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I think that the news needs to have a story about this. Kirkwood needs to step in, its time for a major change. I live on Bodley and cars fly around the bend by Homewood Drive and drivers do not pay any attention to the 20MPH speed limit.
Tom Marah October 02, 2012 at 11:18 PM
What do you think would be the fix for this in your hood?
John Ellis October 03, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I find it shocking that cars are flying through this neighbor. Excepting Longview, these side streets are narrow and frequently congested by cars parked along both sides. Also they are not streets generally used to travel through Kirkwood, most traffic on these streets are local residents or visitors of local residents. I guess raising my kids on a much busier street, may have influenced my belief that children should not be allowed to play in the street or medians. This doesn’t excuse the speeding offenders, but I’d say you don’t allow children to play outside, unsupervised if they are too young to understand this. No speed is safe for a child too young to understand the dangers of playing in traffic.
Billy October 08, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I think that, This is great I do belive that people speed up fairwood and all of the other streets alot. Great Job. I think the city needs to stop putting in Gas stations and think about the kids!

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