The streets within the HOA can become a busy place as homeowners are traveling to and from work, buses are picking up and dropping off students, parties are being held, and members are simply going about their daily routines. From problems with parking to vehicles speeding, there are plenty of traffic headaches that can occur. It is essential for the HOA to stay on top of issues and ensure clear communication so members are aware of these situations and everyone can work together to resolve them.
If there are longer stretches of road where speeding is a constant issue, the HOA may want to look into investing in speed bumps, humps, or tables. These features can help to slow down vehicles and remind members to pay more attention to their speed. Ensure that speed limit signs are clearly posted in high traffic areas. Adding “Children at Play” signs where appropriate can also raise awareness to be more cautious and alert.
No one likes to be driving through the neighborhood and constantly be held up at bottlenecks where there are cars parked along the side of the road, especially on narrower streets. The HOA should have clear policies in place about where cars can be parked, and what types of vehicles are permissible. (Obviously a large work van or RV will be more of an obstacle than a smaller car.)
Some HOAs choose to limit on-street parking to one side of the road to help ease the flow of traffic or have designated parking areas for visitors. Encourage homeowners to fully utilize their driveway and garage, especially when having guests over. If they are hosting a get together, ensure that visitors are aware of parking regulations.
From August through May or June when school is in session, school buses are a common sight. Impatient drivers can be tempted to pass slow-moving buses to get on their way, but in many cases, this is illegal when the bus is stopped to pick up or drop off students. Remind homeowners of driving laws when it comes to buses, and let them know when traffic may be heaviest. This can allow them to plan ahead to leave a little earlier or later to miss peak bus times.
If traffic is an issue, the HOA may want to partner with local law enforcement to schedule periodic patrols, especially during times when they know speeding or parking violations are highest. If there is going to be construction, work with contractors to minimize disruptions and traffic flow as much as possible. Also, communicate with homeowners regarding parking rules, speed limits, and other concerns so they are top of mind and everyone is clear on expectations.
While the HOA has limited authority regarding parking and street use, there are ways that it can promote improved traffic flow and safety. Contact Kuester today to find out how our community managers can support your association and its unique needs.