Walking, and driving, around Dundas we have seen a few new things pop up.
The first is a new slew of stop signs that have appeared on Market and Hatt Streets. Although traffic calming, even in the form of increased stop signs, can be a welcome thing these particular ones seem to have appeared out of nowhere with little advance communication or warning. What makes this stop sign all the more inexplicable is its proxmity to another one at a mere 100 metres away at the corner of Market and Hatt streets. What is the process and criteria for determining the need for additional stop signs? With existing ones at Hatt and further north at Kemp, was this deemed a traffic calming measure, or were there other factors at work? I heard a good deal about these new stop signs during a recent canvas!
The next one is the welcome addition of a pedestrian crosswalk in downtown Dundas, which replaced a traffic signal at the corner of King Street and Ogilvie (by the Carnegie Gallery). Although we all ought celebrate any measure to make our downtown streets more walkable, this particular crosswalk has drawn controversy for its flashing “strobe light” signal that has caused consternation for those prone to seizures. I have heard this from more than one person that the bright flashing lights are a health hazard.
The final piece is the truck route sign allowing trucks passage between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. However what the picture doesn’t show is that the trucks are being directed down a residential street, Wellington Street in fact, towards King Street. I have heard from many residents in that area that the large transport truck traffic constitutes a major nuisance, not to mention a safety hazard, for the neighbourhood. There are children getting on school busses neearby. The question that is begged is why is such truck traffic being routed down Wellington to begin with, when the more logical solution is to have such traffic confined exclusively to Mill Street and Market (see stop sign above)?
These are some of the issues we need to address as a community to make our neighbourhoods more liveable and walkable, yet one that finds balance between ALL users including drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and residents. More on this later.