Every year, the City considers adding traffic calming measures on a number of residential streets in response to concerns regarding speeding, shortcutting and aggressive motorist behaviour. The City collects information on the streets experiencing these issues, develops plans for appropriate traffic calming measures and consults with affected residents.
Traffic calming measures that may be considered:
- Speed humps: A speed hump is a raised area of a roadway, which deflects both the wheels and frame of a traversing vehicle. It is longer than the wheelbase of most cars; this feature distinguishes it from a speed bump. Vehicles driving at about 30 km/h can drive with relative ease across a speed hump.
- Curb extensions: A curb extension is a horizontal intrusion of the curb into the roadway resulting in a narrower section of roadway. The curb extension is extended on one or both sides of the roadway to reduce its width to as little as 6 metres for two-way traffic (see picture).
- Reduced Speeds in School Zones:The City began reducing speed limits in school zones in 2012 and by the end of 2013, most school zones in the City will be posted with 40 km/h signs. In order to reduce motorist confusion and simplify enforcement, the 40 km/h speed limit is in effect at all times as opposed to during school hours only.
When developing proposed measures, the City considers:
- Presence of Kingston Transit vehicles
- Traffic-flow on neighbouring streets
- Emergency vehicle requirements
- Maintenance and snow removal needs
- Impact on cyclists and pedestrians
Glengarry Road – four flexible traffic-calming bollards along the centre of the road with flexible posts on the outer edge of the road.
Henderson Boulevard –10 flexible traffic calming bollards along the centre of the road with flexible posts on the outer edge of the road.
Jackson Mills Road – four flexible traffic calming bollards.
All efforts will be made to install the bollards and posts before the end of June. The bollards and posts must be removed before winter but, if there is general support from residents, the City can install them again in the spring.
If the residents are not happy with the bollards and posts, they will not be re-installed. NOTE: If a vehicle drives over the bollards or posts they will simply spring back into place.
To evaluate the effectiveness of this traffic-calming, City staff will complete speed studies before and after the bollards and posts are installed.