ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City installed traffic calming curbs throughout the community of Erin Woods in September 2016. They increase the visibility of pedestrians crossing the street and narrow the road so that drivers are encouraged to slow down. We have also installed new bike lanes and shortened one of the playground zones.
Throughout the project The City consulted with the community to determine whether or not they feel safer after the construction of the proposed traffic calming plan. The pilot ran from early 2016 until late 2018.
This project began with a request from the community of Erin Woods to address concerns about pedestrian safety and speeding throughout the community. The Traffic Calming Policy helps us determine what traffic calming devices to use to increase pedestrian safety and decrease the speeds of vehicles travelling through an area. This was an opportunity to use new traffic calming curbs that were developed by The City to see how effective they are as a temporary and low-cost traffic calming device.
More information about the project can be found on the project page.
BEFORE & AFTER
Some of the traffic calming measures that have been put in place through the pilot are show below.
In June 2016 the traffic calming plan for Erin Woods was shared with the community, at an open house and through an online survey and mapping tool. Participants indicated that they supported the locations selected for traffic calming. Participants also shared concerns about the safety of people walking, cycling and driving in the community. To see what information was presented during the Phase One open house, please view the display boards. A summary of feedback and the verbatim comments received is available in the Phase One What We Heard Report.
In May 2017 a community event was held in Erin Woods, to gather feedback on the pilot so far and to paint the bike lane buffer on the north side of Erin Woods Boulevard. An online survey was also available for the month of May. Participants shared feedback on things like cycling, how the traffic calming curbs are working and whether the feeling of safety has improved or not. A summary of feedback and the verbatim comments received is available in the Phase Two What We Heard Report.
As the traffic calming plan has been in place for two years, we are now evaluating how well it worked. We will evaluate each of the locations to determine whether they should be made permanent, left in place, redesigned, or be removed. Your feedback, along with data collected throughout the project, will help us make these decisions.
A copy of the presentation from the workshop on November 28, 2018 is available here. Please review this presentation prior to filling out the questions below.
What We Heard Report from Phase 3 is available here.
In November 2018, the last phase of engagement took place. Feedback collected during this phase of the project will help us determine the future of the pilot. The What We Heard Report is now available here.
The information gathered in this last phase of engagement will help to develop a final plan for these traffic calming measures which will be reported back on in Spring 2019.