More responses from the listservs:
“I have been against these from the start and glad to hear about the details from someone who has had them installed on their block. Yes, we need to find a solution to runoff, but this does not seem to be the answer. The signs, loss of parking, standing water, choice of vegetation, etc. are just too problematic.” – D.K.
“Thanks for sharing….I thought I wanted these in my neighborhood, now I don’t. I really feel for you as I fought with the city of Seattle DOT for over a year when they installed a 4 way traffic signal on our corner with no prior notice and no reasoning. It was part of the master bike plan but not thought out at all. They added a ton of metal poles to our corner —two on each corner, plus hideous no parking signs that people don’t obey and that are so different than any other sign I see on other city blocks. They came and did traffic studies and the contractor they hired was incredulous that they had the signage they did and agreed that the light was forcing more cars on the bike route. I sent videos, wrote to the Director of DOT and to the city council, spoke with DOT folks regularly. What I found out was that the person who designed the light had never made a visit to the site and that they were all so focused on the “plan” that they didn’t want to hear that they’d made a mistake! We too felt the value of our house had dropped although I was told we wouldn’t be able to prove it. Good luck to you and I hope you can get this resolved.” – S.
“Ugh… this sounds like a mess. Seems like if they have to put these on the street, they should put them in the traffic circles in the middle of intersections. They already have the signs on those, they are away from where kids would be playing, and they don’t take up parking spots.” – J.B.
SPU: Are you listening? People want Raingardens – but not these Raingardens. You have to spend the money to fix the pilot to make it a showcase so other neighborhoods want to adopt the same thing. Otherwise, the overall project goal that we all support (to clean up Puget Sound) is at risk of failing.