Toledo City Council considering speeding task force in city | #citycouncil

Council members say a potential task force would look at speed limits across the city, road conditions, traffic patterns and where injuries happen.

TOLEDO, Ohio — There are parts of Toledo, like Kenwood Boulevard, where residents say speeders continue to make life dangerous.

Toledo City Council member Nick Komives says a potential speeding task force would collaborate with residents and find ways to help reduce traffic accidents all over Toledo especially in some of the city’s hot zones for speeding.

WTOL 11 reported in August of last year there were 25 crashes on Kenwood Boulevard in west Toledo’s Old Orchard neighborhood, with one of them being fatal.

City council member Sam Melden pushed for reducing the speed limit in parts of his district last year, which includes Old Orchard, and the speed limit on Kenwood Boulevard was eventually reduced to 25 mph.

But some residents believe the change hasn’t made much of a difference.

“I really haven’t noticed a difference with the change, we’re on the porch quite a bit,” said Drew Blackburn, who lives near Kenwood Boulevard. “It seems like the cars kind of going the same speeds.”

Tyler Aukerman, who also lives near Kenwood, had a similar opinion.

“I know they changed the speed limit, but I haven’t really noticed much of a difference as far as the actual speed that people are driving,” he said.

It’s part of the reason council is considering the potential task force to address speeding where it’s especially bad, like on Alexis Road and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge.

“We’re really focused as a city right now on speeding and ideally getting us to zero deaths or injuries as a result of car crashes,” Komives said.

While fine-tuning the task force idea, council member Mac Driscoll says he thinks there are physical steps the city can take to slow drivers down.

“We need to be thinking about that when we add on-street parking, adding street trees, mid-block crossings, all these things slow drivers down to make our streets much safer for vehicles, too, but especially for pedestrians and cyclists,” he said.

Aukerman said if the city is looking for residential input, he’s happy to give his two cents.

“It’s definitely a concern. There are a lot of children that live on the street, so it’s imperative that we look out for them,” he said.

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