MANILA — The Manila City Council is asking the California Highway Patrol to increase community patrols to reduce the number of high-speed cars and off-road vehicles on the streets.
The Manila Community Services District Board of Directors voted on January 18 to send a letter to the CHP asking for help in dealing with what is seen as a growing problem.
In the letter, Manila District Safety Officer Sequoyah Faulk-Kellogg notes that a speed board was recently installed on Peninsula Drive on the ocean side of the city, and it has helped reduce speeding. . A speed table is like a speed bump, but longer and with a flat top.
The new speed table is located near the Manila Community Center, home to Redwood Coast Montessori. The district is also lobbying Humboldt County to install another speed table on Peninsula Drive near Orange Avenue, about 600 feet south of the community center.
In a letter written to the County Board of Supervisors last month, District Council Chairperson Meghan Ryan said: ‘Driving speed along Peninsula Drive and poor visibility have been concerns in our community for years and the recently completed elevated crosswalk and hump were well received. Residents requested that the district and then the county board of supervisors support an additional facility to complete the calming effect, as the new facility has significantly improved safety by slowing traffic in front of the Manila Community Center and provides passage safe to the Redwood Transit service bus stop on both sides of Peninsula Drive.
While the ocean side of the peninsula
Drive has a speed bump, the east side of the peninsula does not.
“The eastern half of the peninsula, however, is not benefiting from any calming measures and has seen an increase in speeding in and around Manila Park and Lighthouse Plaza Market, both located on and next to small quiet county roads Victor Blvd. , Peninsula Drive and Mill Street,” Faulk-Kellogg wrote to CHP.
Another visible problem in Manila that appears to have increased since the start of the pandemic is people driving all-terrain vehicles (ORVs) on county roads, which is illegal. A Manila resident regularly rides an ATV through the city and through an area of dunes and wildlife belonging to the district.
“The Manila Community Services District Board of Directors seeks to commemorate our dedication to the safety of our residents and respectfully requests increased patrols, particularly to deter speeding and OHVs on our local side streets and our public spaces,” wrote Faulk-Kellogg.