We are heading into the final three weeks of the campaign. And we are hearing a consistent message as we knock on doors. People need to slow down in residential areas. We need a wholesale culture change about how we navigate our streets. And street design to go with it.
Currently there is a large amount of construction on Governor’s Road in Dundas. Many motorists have been circumventing the congestion by navigating the back streets of Highland Park Drive, but doing so at speeds that are barely appropriate for Governor’s Road itself! I have heard (and seen firsthand) stories of motorists “rat-running” along Park Street so as to avoid the traffic signal at King and York.
And it isn’t just city streets. A gentleman at the top of Sydenham Hill invited me to stop and watch the traffic blow by at highway speeds – upwards of 90 – 100 km in a clearly marked 60km/h zone.
Sometimes traffic control isn’t enough. This past weekend an elderly gentleman with a walker was struck in downtown Dundas as he navigated through a newly-installed downtown crosswalk. Fortunately, his injuries were minor.
We need to talk about how we navigate and design our streets. Someone is going to get badly hurt if we continue to treat our residential streets like super-highways.