Downtown’s Huntridge neighborhood hopes lining residential streets with trees will make driving safer

Illustration: T.G. Miller / Special to the Weekly

Who knew that trees have a calming impact on drivers? A 2010 study from the University of Washington indicated that planting trees near streets could actually reduce drivers’ stress. It’s one of the reasons some residents of Downtown’s Huntridge neighborhood have decided to line residential streets with trees, hoping to reduce the amount of speeding cars—a frequent safety hazard—in the area.

Others hope to curb excessive speeding by petitioning the City of Las Vegas for speed bumps. Las Vegas residents or neighborhood associations can request speed bumps by submitting a written petition, which require 10 signatures from homeowners on the same street. For more information, call the City’s Public Works Transportation Engineering Division at 702-229-6327.

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