Above is a photo of yet another accident on a street that is designed for speed, regardless of posted limit.
Although this photo was taken in the downtown area of Hamilton, our residential streets in Dundas are not immune to the scourge of excessive speed. I had occasion to hear stories about, and witness first hand, instances of cars driving at dangerously high speeds through the streets of Jerome Park, Bridlewood and Highland Park in the neighbourhoods behind the three schools along Governors Road.
Now understand that there is some heavy construction along Governors Road and many are using these streets as an “alternate” route to circumvent the resulting congestion. But speeding along these streets isn’t a new problem. Neighbours have indicated a desire for traffic calming measures, including speed bumps. The road design, as it is in other areas of the city, is failing the safety and well being of families in Highland Heights and it is only a matter of time before there is a fatality, even in the “quiet” streets behind the schools.
In addition to other creative measures, such as speed bumps, on-street parking, “bump outs” (painted and concrete) I believe we need to make ALL residential, non-arterial roads a maximum speed of 40 km/h. Inexplicably, there is a stretch of residential road, Highland Park, that winds around the back of Dundas Valley Secondary where the 40km/h limit ends and only resumes part way up the hill on Bridlewood. It was here, during the canvas, that I heard the greatest number of complaints.
Join me in supporting “Vision 40” for the residential streets of Dundas! Road designed for excessive speed are not good for liveable, walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods.