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 will be consulting with the community to determine whether or not they feel safer after the construction of the proposed traffic calming plan. The pilot is expected to last until 2018; at that time the project will be re-evaluated to determine the future of the pilot.
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.
THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT
This spring we asked for your input regarding the Erin Woods Traffic Calming Pilot Project both in person and online. Thank you for your feedback.
WHAT WE'VE DONE & HEARD SO FAR
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.
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 August 2018 The City will connect with the community again to see if the perception of safety has increased or not. Their feedback will help determine whether or not the traffic calming should be replaced with permanent ones or removed.