Ask the Councillor June 2016: when is traffic calming warranted? Illegal signs; Retirement home on Ghent

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Traffic Calming ZoneWhen is traffic calming warranted on a street?

Resident D. S. asks: What criteria is needed to warrant a speed bump?

Response: There are seven traffic calming “warrant” criteria, including such items as: percentage of vehicles travelling over the speed limits, amount of cut through traffic, number of vehicles on the road, the presence of schools or parks that generate foot or cycling traffic, and the number of pedestrians or cyclists. The full list is here: Table B – Traffic Warrant Criteria

Before the traffic calming plan is initiated, a minimum 3 of the first 6 warrants needs to be met to allow staff to create a proposed traffic calming plan. If the 7th warrant is met – the 85th percentile speed is 15km/h or more over the speed limit –  then no other warrant needs to be met.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.


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  1. Hi Marianne
    I notice that when city trees that were planted on boulevards in the downtown core die off, they are cut down however rarely is the spot replanted with another tree. Has the city backed off on its tree planting program in the down town core?

    • Bob,
      Thanks for the question. The city remains committed to tree planting in the downtown, and there have been some recent plantings. I will get information from our arborist on the timing of additional plantings.

  2. what are the rules about banners attached to fences on city property advertising ongoing things such as church service as opposed to a single event with a start and end date
    thank you

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