Budget cuts in 2009 prompted the city to bring a halt to what it called The Los Angeles Speed Hump Program, which paid for those those asphalt humps and bumps used to slow down traffic, primarily on residential streets. But Councilman Tom LaBonge, who represents Los Feliz and a portion of Silver Lake, wants to bring back the humps. A City Council motion introduced by LaBonge would direct the city’s Department of Transportation to come up with recommendations. The motion says:
Speed humps are effective measures in reducing speeds and increasing safety for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. They are a cost-effective method of reducing excessive speeding on residential streets, and the demand for speed humps remain high throughout the City.
Some neighborhoods have managed to get speed humps through other methods. In fact, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority is offering to spend $2,000 to install speed humps on Rosanna Street near a new park the agency is building in Elysian Valley. “Speed humps are effective tool to slow down vehicular traffic and can improve the pedestrian environment on a residential street, and are needed on Rosanna Street, ” according to a motion by Mitch O’Farrell that would allow the city to accept the funds from the conservancy.