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Atwater Village's Lovely Gender-Neutral Humps

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Good news for everyone's well-being, but perhaps bad news for speed junkies--at least of the variety who enjoy zipping around on residential streets. "On of the longest stretches of unregulated residential asphalt in Atwater Village, with some 1,600 feet of acceleration space, is getting speed humps," blogs the Atwater Village Newbie.

The speed humps (not to be confused with bumps or lumps) "will be installed on Valleybrink Road between Sunnynook Drive and the 5-way intersection at Dover Street," after two years of traffic and accident studies in the area. The humps will help keep drivers to the posted 25 MPH and make the tempting upped speeds of 40-50 MPH hard to accomplish. The humps are not in place yet, but the signs are, so be aware, speeders, your clock is ticking down fast.

Much like in the case of absent-but-needed or soon-to-be-removed crosswalks, oftentimes residents in areas where traffic and pedestrians have a tense and dangerous partnership must demand vigilance from the City in order to kick accidents to the curb. As drivers, speed humps like the ones about to hit the road in Atwater can be an inconvenience, but for some they are a lifesaver. And if drivers can't slow themselves down, perhaps this is the only solution.

Would you welcome speed humps in your 'hood?