Forum to address concerns of speeding on Greenfield streets

  • Wells Street at Arch Street in Greenfield. A forum will be held on Oct. 18, at the request of Precinct 8 Councilor Doug Mayo, who has proposed reducing the speed limit on Conway, Chapman and Wells streets. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 10/12/2021 5:33:09 AM

GREENFIELD — A City Council subcommittee plans to hold a public forum this month on concerns residents have raised over speeding on city streets.

The discussion comes at the request of Precinct 8 Councilor Doug Mayo, chair of the Community Relations and Education Committee, who said he has had constituents approach him with complaints about speeding, particularly on Conway, Chapman and Wells streets.

“There have been some streets in Greenfield that have been reduced to 25 mph,” Mayo said. “I would like to see (changes to) Chapman Street and Conway Street and even Wells Street — all areas I represent.”

In May 2019, City Council unanimously passed an ordinance proposed by Precinct 7 Councilor Otis Wheeler that lowered the default speed limit in thickly settled residential areas. He also proposed that the city replace 30 mph signs on numerous side streets.

In August 2020, the Department of Public Works began the process of replacing the 30 mph signs with 25 mph signs.

Mayo said following complaints raised by at least one of his constituents, he was recently able to get speed monitors placed on Chapman Street at Allen Street and at Arch Street. He said the constituent said she had seen vehicles driving down Chapman Street at nearly 50 mph and has had three of her vehicles damaged due to people speeding on the street.

“It is still a high-density area,” he said of the streets in his precinct. “I still think 30 mph is high for that area.”

The maximum speed limit on thickly settled residential roads in Massachusetts is 30 mph.

The forum will be held during the Community Relations and Education Committee meeting on Oct. 18.

“Both (Department of Public Works) Director Marlo Warner and (Police) Chief Robert Haigh will be there to answer questions,” Mayo explained. “The committee will fill in the gaps.”

At last week’s Committee Chairs meeting, during which agenda items are set for City Council subcommittee meetings, City Council President Penny Ricketts said the forum will be an opportunity to hear from residents and officials on potential solutions — noting the city has limited resources — as well as what the Police and Public Works departments are currently doing to mitigate concerns.

“I’m looking for respect,” she said, “and at same time, we’ll get to hear from people.”

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.


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