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Excessive speed and traffic controls needed on Knott Road/SW 20th Ave.

May 8, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

As residents of Trafalgar Neighborhood, we have seen a tremendous increase in traffic and excessive speed along Knott Road / Southwest 20th Avenue, between Pine Island Road and Trafalgar Parkway, and are very concerned about pedestrian and driver safety along this street. There are many children who ride their bike or walk to and from Trafalgar Middle School along 20th that are in a dangerous situation because vehicles speed in excess of 50 mph on the road that has a posted 30 mph speed limit. In addition, there is a preschool at the Christian Life Fellowship Church in which small children are exposed to vehicles traveling at excessive speeds as parents drop off and pick up their children and caregivers take the children outside as part of the curriculum.

As residents of this neighborhood, we are asking drivers to please slow down and observe the 30 mph speed limit. Please be aware of children walking to school, waiting for the school bus, and be aware of other pedestrians who travel this road on a daily basis. We are also seeking support for sidewalks and traffic controls between Pine Island Road and Trafalgar Parkway to slow down traffic and make this a less desirable route to avoid stop lights and traffic on other major roads. We believe the addition of stop signs and/or speed bumps would greatly reduce traffic, speed, and promote drivers to choose alternative routes, such as Chiquita Boulevard, that are designed to manage traffic traveling at greater speeds and pedestrians safely. Sidewalks would provide a safe path of travel for middle school and elementary students, and their parents, to walk to and from school. As businesses on Pine Island Road develop between Chiquita Boulevard and Burnt Store Road, we only see this situation getting much worse and more dangerous.

Please report excessive speed or dangerous driving along this route to the Cape Coral Police Department. They have been very supportive and responded to our concerns by adding additional patrols and speed trailers in this area. If you are in support of this initiative to keep children, pedestrians, and drivers safe along Knott Road / Southwest 20th Avenue, please contact the Cape Coral Traffic Engineers to have your voice heard and concerns addressed. Thank you for your support!

TJ Cartier

Trafalgar Neighborhood resident



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