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Gloucester Teenager Taking On City Hall To Get Speed Bump On His Road

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV
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GLOUCESTER (CBS) – You’re never too young to fight City Hall. Just ask 13-year-old Evan Moses.

“Just about everyone on the street calls me the mayor,” he said.

He wants to slow down the traffic on Friend Street in Gloucester, where he lives.

It’s right across the street from a playground where his friend was recently hit by a car.

“He was on top of the windshield,” Moses said.

Evan’s solution: speed bumps.

He called Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk.

“There’s some amount of bureaucracy he has to pursue,” she explained. “I applaud him for doing it.”

Dozens of neighbors have signed a petition that he’ll bring to the Gloucester Traffic Commission Thursday night.

From there, it goes to the City Council for a vote, but there could be bumps along the way.

“It’s not ideal for snowplowing,” said Mayor Kirk.

Moses is also proposing alternatives like speed “humps,” and temporary bumps that can be removed before storms.

Whatever happens, he says it’ll be a learning experience.

“I’m 13 years old; what are they going to do? It’s not like I’m seven, and I’m going to go cry to my mom,” he said. “At least I tried.”

“It’s a great lesson for him that I hope other citizens, adults included, take advantage of,” said Mayor Kirk.

If Evan does persuade city officials to install the speed bump, Mayor Kirk would ultimately have to sign off on it.

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