I live in the Village. I have three ways to get to work in downtown. #1-Hefner Expressway to I-44 to 1-40 & the new Crosstown. #2- Hefner, or as my great aunt Doty called it “108th” because she never got over that it was named Hefner, to Broadway Extension to 6th Street and #3- (a favorite when I feel like taking a scenic venture into work) – Pennsylvania through Nichols Hills, to Grand Blvd., through Nichols Hills Park, down the new Classen Curve area (changing daily!) then to Robert S. Kerr. Lately when I take route number 3 I’ve noticed that the City of Nichols Hills has installed electronic speed monitoring signs. Three that I’ve seen so far. First of all, I like the challenge of the sign monitoring my speed. It’s like it’s flashing ‘good girl for going the speed limit.’ And second I hope it does what I think it’s there to do, make people aware of their speed so they will slow down.
Nichols Hills is absolutely the most beautiful neighborhood in this city – in my opinion. It’s my “if I win the lottery I would buy a house there” neighborhood. The location is perfect. The houses are stunning. I like driving slow just to look at them. Oh and then there’s Christmastime. The problem Nichols Hills faces is Pennsylvania is a major artery for the metro area. It’s a busy street. When G.A. Nichols developed the neighborhood decades ago, it was the boondocks way out North. Who knew then that Pennsylvania would become this major street.
Speed limit signs are posted everywhere that clearly say 25 Miles Per Hour so I obey. Not that I’m just respectful of the law but because legend has it, the Nichols Hills police department doesn’t play. They will pull you over in seconds. So when I see someone speeding I think – where is the NHPD? One time a teenage girl was riding my car’s tail. I just kept my pace at the speed. She finally went around me when that’s not allowed and kind of made a motion at me. I couldn’t believe the NHPD wasn’t there to get her. Argh!
We had a different version of these signs in the Village. They were bigger and clearly temporary being on trailers. Neighbors had fun having their actual on-foot running clocked. It was the summertime and silly fun. The signs in Nichols Hills have a more permanent look to them. I have no idea if they are a permanent installation or not. I was going to call them to confirm for this blog post but then I thought – no, I don’t want to know.
Leslie (I haven’t had a speeding ticket in 30 years) A. Spears