[Update Oct 21, 2015: Councillor Grimes’s office responded to Mr Vanderwal via email and invited us to share the response. It is below in the comments section.]
Mimico resident Eric Vanderwal is spear-heading data collection and a PETITION concerning TRAFFIC ISSUES in MIMICO.
At the present time, the scope of the PETITION includes residents on the following streets:
- Albert Ave.
- Burlington St.
- Cavell Ave.
- Stanley Ave.
- Superior Ave.
For more information or to sign the PETITION, please contact Mr. Vanderwal at email@example.com
Linked is a copy of a comprehensive Report provided to City Planning Dept. on information collected to-date from residents, along with 14 recommendations for major change/improvements for discussion. The Report provides the background information leading to the proposed changes/ improvements.
- More 4-way stop signs at residential intersections on the affected streets to help slow traffic and provide better pedestrian and vehicular crossing
- Digital “Your Speed” feedback signs in conjunction with 30km/h speed limit signage
- Rumble strips carved into the pavement
- Narrow speed bumps put in place to allow wider fire truck wheels to pass on either side (while being too wide for a car to pass on both sides)
- Increased speed enforcement from Police (there is currently only Police enforcement at one intersection to enforce full stops)
- Longer wait times for cars at traffic light intersections exiting Superior Ave and Burlington St onto Lakeshore Blvd during peak rush hour times to decrease the overall desirability/speed of these residential streets as a short cut to Lakeshore (fewer and shorter light changes here would also be to the benefit of traffic traveling on Lakeshore Blvd.) (Subject to analysis on any impacts of backed up traffic waiting at these lights)
- Increased on-pavement markings (“slow”, “school zone”, and painted on road arrows for one-way streets)
- Improved pedestrian crossings (clear road markings, more 4-way stop signs, crosswalks in the absence of 4-way stop signs)
- Increased city street tree plantings on lawns and boulevards to visually narrow the street, encourage slower traffic speeds through the “edge effect”, and to dampen traffic noise. This would include narrower boulevards in the area that are currently not receiving any tree planting treatment.
- “No Trucks” signage on residential streets
- Redesign on Superior Ave including a central boulevard to encourage slower driving (through “edge effect”) and to encourage traffic making wide turns from Stanley Ave into the oncoming traffic lane on Superior Ave to correctly navigate these intersections
- Redesign on Stanley Ave between Superior Ave and Station Rd to include dedicated contra-flow or two-way bike lane physically separated from traffic lane, promoting slower driving with reduced traffic lane width (through “edge effect”) and preventing potential head on collisions between cyclists and fast moving vehicles, particularly vehicles overtaking slower traffic on this part of Stanley Ave.
- Mid-block/elevated pedestrian crossings (with narrowed road/widened boulevards at crossings)
- Include plans for a new fire station at Parklawn Rd and Lakeshore Blvd in the Christie land development plan to service the Lakeshore area and reduce use of residential streets as a through-fire-route, allowing them to be eligible for traffic calming measures and desired level of safety.
Download the following PDFs for more information: