What about a Safety Zone?
18-wheel tractor trailers are dangerous vehicles and do not belong on roads with vulnerable drivers, pedestrians, and bikers.
Algonquin student athletes encountering an 18 wheeler as they attempt to cross Bartlett St. The truck failed to stop at the crosswalk as required by law
ARHS sports teams used to run on Bartlett Street during practice times in the afternoons, but now they are prevented from doing so because it was deemed unsafe by the superintendent and the athletic director.
A large number of the students at Algonquin Regional High School drive themselves to school. So we have the youngest and most inexperienced drivers on the road sharing it with speeding tractor trailers--as soon as they pull out of their school driveway.
There have been accidents. Luckily, so far no one has been seriously hurt. We are trying to keep that from happening.
What are our options?
Per Mass DOT:
9.c Safety Zone Speed Limits Safety Zone speed limits are the only regulatory speed limits that municipalities can adopt on city- and town-owned ways without approval from MassDOT... "Speed limits within a Safety Zone must be set at 20 mph and are intended to be used in areas where vulnerable road users are likely to be present, such as parks and playgrounds, senior citizen housing and centers, hospitals or other medical facilities, high schools and higher education centers, and daycare facilities."
The idea of a Safety Zone looks totally doable.
So far, our town hall has not answered our questions about whether or not they are pursuing it.