For years, the speed limit on Williams Field Rd near Recker Rd in Gilbert has been 45 mph. It is a major road within the Town. At the beginning of November 2020, the Town of Gilbert reduced the speed limit in the area to 25 mph due to "on-street parking in the area" and the requirements of Gilbert Municipal Code. Source: https://www.gilbertaz.gov/Home/Components/News/News/4273/
However this change does not make sense nor increase safety because those on-street parking spots are never in use! Development in that area (especially west of Recker Rd) has just begun and won't be complete for another 12-18 months. Meanwhile those who live, work, and transit this area on a daily basis are bound by these significantly reduced speeds for no added benefit, daily risk of receiving a speeding ticket from GPD for violating the 25 mph limit on a major road, and increased travel time. Further, road safety and traffic in the area are actually degraded because not everyone is following the new limits, so you have some traffic doing 25 and others doing 45 mph or higher! Even though those parking spaces have been there for a few years, the speed limit only changed last month.
SOLUTION: Block off the on-street parking until development is fully complete in the area and would actually be utilized. Temporary barriers or painting lines through parking spaces should ensure that no vehicles park in those areas. After blocking the spaces, resume the 45 mph speed limit in the area.
There is strength in numbers! Let's get as many signatures as we can on this petition (at least 1,000) and submit it to Mayor-elect Brigette Peterson and the Gilbert Town Council. Share with family and friends to stop this speed limit injustice! With the new Mayor taking office in January, now is the time to let her know about this important local issue!
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