At the meeting on May 28, 2018, Sarnia City Council received the draft Traffic Calming Guideline for consideration for approval at the July 16, 2018 meeting. You can review the Traffic Calming Guidelines and your feedback is welcome.
Traffic calming is the implementation of measures to reduce speeding and cut-through traffic with the goal of improving safety and enhancing neighbourhood streets for pedestrians and cyclists.
Ideally, streets are originally designed as Complete Streets that naturally limit speeding and ensure a safe experience for all users. Unfortunately, many older streets in the City are unnecessarily wide, have no pedestrian or cyclist infrastructure, and provide convenient cut-through routes. The City receives a number of complaints each year from residents throughout the City related to concerns about speeding and volume of traffic on their local roads. Police enforcement is sometimes an option but the reality is that they cannot be at all locations throughout the City and permanent physical measures may be required.
The guideline outlines the procedure for residents to submit a request for a review of their neighbourhood. It clarifies the criteria for what streets qualify for potential traffic calming. It also provides a list of potential tools to help generate ideas for improvements. The guidelines ensure a consistent approach and prioritize where limited resources should be utilized. The number of locations that can be reviewed each year will be dependent on availability of existing staff resources.
The City welcomes your feedback on the Traffic Calming Guideline. Written comments related to the guideline should be submitted to the Engineering Department by Thursday, June 28, 2018. Comments can be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the Engineering Department, 3rd Floor, Sarnia City Hall, 255 North Christina Street, P.O. Box 3018, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7N2.
A report will be prepared for the Monday, July 16, 2018 Sarnia City Council to seek Council’s approval of the guideline.