Caledon Traffic Calming Measures / Reports
Information provided by Councillors Jennifer Innis and Nick deBoer, and Town staff.
As communities grow, traffic calming is necessary. Town staff understand that this is a priority for Council. Traffic calming is to slow down the vehicles with excessive speed on neighbourhood streets through road design and streetscaping. Later this year, Town Staff will be initiating a Town-wide Traffic Calming Strategy to investigate new technologies and procedures to calm traffic effectively and smartly. Traffic Calming is not a street by street issue, it must be done collectively as a big picture. That big picture must include safety for all road users, safety for residents, connectivity through trails and sidewalks, amenities, foot and traffic patterns, potential future changes in commercial core and residential growth. What you do on one street could potentially have a ripple effect throughout the village. Further, there is liability to consider and changes should be warranted through data.
Recently, we have received some requests for traffic calming on a number of roads/streets in Caledon East.
Transportation staff have reviewed the recent traffic data, and undertook analyses to determine appropriate actions. Below are the summary of findings and recommendations.
What is a Temporary Speed Board?
Also known as Radar Speed Driver’s Feedback Board, it is an electronic interactive board that displays approaching driver’s speed using radar technology.
Initially, temporary speed board will be installed on a number of candidate roads throughout the Town.
It will be installed in one location for a couple of weeks and will be rotated to the next location. Speed and volume data are collected.
If speeding continues to occur, the candidate roads may be qualified for a permanent speed board (as shown in the picture on the right).
What is a Ped Zone?
It is a set of plastic and bendable bollards installed on the road, that create an effect of narrowing the roadway.
The width is generally wide enough for a school bus to pass through, but narrow enough to create a visual effect for cars to slow down.
Contrary to the use of speed bumps, the Ped Zone signs do not slow down emergency vehicles/garbage trucks. If the signs are hit, they fold upon impact then returns to its initial position.
These signs and bollards will only be installed in spring, summer and fall.
This is a relatively new traffic calming measures, and staff will implement a few pilots before it could be fully implemented across the Town.
What is an Edgelines?
Also known as Urban Shoulders, they are pavement marking of white lines on the edge of road besides the curb on each direction.
The main purpose of edgelines is to “narrow” the roadway by visual cue, creating a traffic calming effect to lower the driver’s travelling speed.
If the roadway is wide, the edgeline could also create a shared space for other usages e.g. parking, biking, walking/jogging.
Why not Speed Bump?
Staff agrees that speeding could be significantly reduced before/during the car approaches the speed hump.
However, after the vehicles roll-pass the speed hump, some may continue to drive slowly, and some may speed up after the speed hump. Studies show that, over time, more drivers would speed up aggressively after they roll-pass the hump, to regain the time they lost prior, creating more devastating potential accidents to the downstream. The overall effect may result in a net gain of speeding.
Other disadvantages of a speed bump include:
- Further impacting the emergency vehicles and road maintenance
- Penalizing local traffic and good drivers
- Producing constant noise pollution (i.e. the two thumping sounds when a car with two axles crosses the hump)
- Others such as drainage issues, road surface damages, etc.
- Although speed hump may not be always a preferred immediate solution, staff have not ruled out the speed hump option completely. Staff is currently investigating the combination effect of traffic calming, including any or all of the above in phases and in close proximity.
Following the completion of the new Town-Wide Traffic Calming Strategy, we will again review these roads/streets, among others with staff to see what further can be done to mitigate residents concerns. As the approved Secondary plan for Caledon East is finally being realized, we will continue to ensure that Traffic Calming and a connected community are a key priority. Further, the OPP will continue to actively enforcement in these locations.
Jennifer Innis & Nick deBoer