admin by christine c | 11 Nov 2020
Green Streets & Public Spaces,Sustainable Transportation

Implement effective traffic calming measures on Bowerbank, Mills, Siddall and Henry. It’s not safe.

I don’t know how this would be a fundable project, but I’m thinking about the safety and the quality of life for people living in these neighbourhoods. There are thousands of cars travelling through these neighbourhoods daily often at high speeds. Something needs to change. We need to reroute traffic to the highway and we need to implement traffic calming measures. 

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Jamie Wellbourn on 3rd Feb 2021

Parking only on one side of the street would be the easiest fix, most of the scary interactions between vehicles are when oncoming traffic has to treat the road as “single-lane” between cars parked on either side. The worst is the S-bend just north of Calvin on Bowerbank…effectively single-lane traffic with limited visibility around the short corners. I’m sure residents would complain no matter which side of the street was designated as the “parking side”, so why not alternate which side of the street based on days of the week, with say Sunday as an “anything goes” day so no one gets short-changed on the number of days they can park on their side. ie Monday/Wednesday/Friday on the West/North side, Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday on the East/South side.

Hi Christine, thanks for this comment. This would be great to look at including in the transportation section of the OCP and also the Active Transportation Plan that will follow in 2022. Traffic calming will certainly help improve walking and cycling in Sidney. Do you have specific types of traffic calming that you think is most effective in your experience?

Please post pictures if you like!

Eric T on 15th Nov 2020

This could be done in conjunction with the suggestion by Patricia Jarret, of “Restrict parking on residential streets to one side of the road”. The aim of Patricias’ suggestion is to make using residential streets by all users safer by limiting people from storing cars on both sides of the street to only one side. I have observed this unsafe condition personally on several residential streets.

 The traffic calming portion of your suggestion fits very well with my proposal to form a parking benefit neighborhood [PBN],sometimes referred to as a district, with the goal of having members of the neighbourhood look after the streets of that place. This article that I wrote sets the stage. If you want to know more about these, let me know.

 The article talks about parking meters in a PBN. However, in some situations, the PBN can exist in a permit parking situation as well. This is where the number of parking spaces on the street are determined by the PBN, by measuring and counting the physical spaces, and a price is set for each space. It is suggested that the permit spaces should be sold by auction once per year and the price should be able to fluctuate with demand.

The money collected from purchasers of the permit spaces goes towards society fees, paint, contracted enforcement, etc… Any profits would have to be spent within that area, on, for instance traffic calming measures or other features that would enhance the neighbourhood. Other examples are, street furniture, more frequent street cleanings, sidewalk construction and repairs, etc…–pbn-