Cleveland is testing a number of different methods to slow down speeding drivers on city streets.

City residents have long voiced concerns about motorists speeding down residential streets, said Calley Mersmann, Cleveland’s senior strategist for transit and mobility.

 “It is also really important in terms of safety on our roads: The faster the speed, the more likely it is to result in more serious injury and death,” Mersmann said.

In Cleveland, 72 people died in traffic-related incidents in 2021, and 41 as of Nov 27, 2022.

In addition to city efforts, some residents have also taken matters into their own hands through street painting projects.

“Just a feeling of empowerment for the community that has had the biggest impact for us,” said Tiffany Andreoli, a Slavic Village resident who worked with a group of neighbors to paint bright colors on curbs at intersections in an effort to slow down speeding vehicles. “If something’s not going well, if we don’t feel safe, we can get together and think of creative, neighbor-based solutions.”

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Slavic Village residents concerned about speeding motorists on their streets did their own traffic calming project that involved painting curbs.

One method not used on public streets in Cleveland are speed bumps, which are narrow and rounded. They are the most abrupt method of traffic calming. Speed bumps are often found in shopping centers, parking lots and other private property to slow drivers down to 5 miles per hour.

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Interactive graphic illustrations by John G of Shiner Comics.

Abbey was the service journalism reporter for Signal Cleveland through February 2023. She joined us from the Akron Beacon Journal/USA Today Network, where she was a Report for America corps member covering the City of Akron and local government.