Ward 5's top issue: Speed of traffic
Neilson. Bluevale. Dunvegan. Sandowne. Union. Royal. Allen. Lincoln.
These are a few of the roads where residents have expressed concerns about the speed of traffic.
Pegg Leroux, a resident who lives on Union Boulevard, described to me how she and some of her neighbours have rallied together to address this problem. They have,
- asked police to monitor traffic. Though she notes this hasn't made a lasting difference because she has seen cars slow down when there is a police presence, only to speed up once the police car is gone.
- organized a silent protest and parked their cars on the street. The hope was that reducing the number of lanes from four to three would give the feeling of a smaller road and reduce speeds.
- Pegg also made a sign to remind drivers of the speed limit.
Still, the problem continues and residents are frustrated, for good reason. In the short term Pegg has a couple of suggestions for:
- place a particular speed monitoring board on the street that tells us both the speed we are supposed to be driving and our speed as we approach the sign. We can ask our neighbouring city of Elmira how these are working. She's seen them there. The hope is that if we see we are going above the speed limit we will slow down.
- greater enforcement. Tickets hurt, but it's nothing compared to a life lost or a permanent injury.
As a longer term solution, I think we can build on the momentum of these engaged and caring citizens, as well as draw on the expertise of dedicated city staff who really know their way around city matters. Together we can act on the vision for active transportation and traffic calming outlined in the city's official plan (see page 62 of the official plan).
Over the next four years, lets focus our energies on making sure our streets, sidewalks, and trails are safe for everyone travelling around the city, regardless of their mode of transportation.