Stop Chicken Little: The Truth about Traffic Calming  in Portland, Maine



 Stevens Avenue

Curbs, Medians, Tables

Stevens Summary



Public Concern

Air Quality

Pedestrian Accidents

Vehicle Accidents



Muskie Institute

Legal Aspects


MDOT data

SAP Lies


Opponent Petition

ATC Brochure

 Kane letters

Deering Oaks

Brighton Avenue

Capisic  Street


Stop Signs

    Stevens Avenue Project: Tables, Medians, and curbing

This is a shot of the Pleasant-Stevens intersection / speed table looking North, Nov. 1998.  This is the only known speed table under a signal in the U.S.
The cans were- taking a beating, as usual.
The orange building at the time had a video store, hairdresser, tailor, and consignment shop in it, and is right across from a church at left. A pizza place is at left behind the tree, along with a store/deli/restaurant. The Pepsi sign hangs off a variety store.
As of Fall 2000, the cans have been gone.

 The original traffic calming plan would have specifically eliminated parking within 50 feet of the table, which would have meant no parking anywhere in this area, to the North end of the orange building.

I passed out a flier about the no parking  situation, and I gather that the business owners got on the phone, not to mention bending the ear of the mayor when he walked around one day, talking to shop owners. Guess what specifically got dropped from the ordinance! Parking has been unaffected since.


Right: July, 1997: Remember, according to the original CMAQ funding request from the city to the Federal Highway Administration, the project was to "beautify the avenue", amongst other things. This the view from opposite New St. looking North. This chicane eliminated all the parking that Catherine McCauley HS used to have. The "bike lane" looks a little rugged, no matter what side of the curbing  you are on! The point of the curb is about 18" from the original curbing- just right to catch a pedal on! Notice that the asphalt forces bikes out closer to moving traffic-- more safety!


This was cute: the median on the very north end of the avenue blocked off access to a church when approaching from the south. To get to church if you were headed North, you had to go about 400' further, and pull a U-turn, or circle in and out of a bakery store parking lot. This is a high accident area without the curbing!

If you wanted to go North out of the driveway, you had to go about 200' South, and U-turn, or 3-point in a driveway!

People were not too happy about this.