I am committed to supporting the hard working members of the Pleasantview Traffic Committee. I support their vision to make their neighbourhood safer. The traffic count of the neighbourhood revealed that 10,000 cars per day were travelling on a street that was designed for 5000. This statistic alone signalled the need for dramatic change.
Finding a fair compromise that emphasizes safety while moving people effectively is a challenge, especially for mature neighbourhoods.
In 2013, Pleasantview residents completed an expression of interest to develop a Community Traffic Management Plan, and City Council approved the study in the 2013 Budget.
The Pleasantview Traffic Committee was created to work with the City to develop this Management Plan. One of the first steps for the Traffic Committee was to present options to residents of Pleasantview for ways that shortcutting, speeding, and other traffic issues could be mitigated. They did this through a series of open houses in the summer of 2014. The Committee then took that feedback and created a Traffic Management Plan, and the Traffic Calming Pilot Project was born.
This is a pilot project that will be in effect for up to 2 years. Changes to traffic in the area will be monitored steadily, so that if necessary, adjustments can be made to the infrastructure. Installation for the infrastructure changes will take place in the 3rd or 4th week of July.
There are community members who are skeptical about the changes, and I can understand some of that reluctance. But the Traffic Committee has worked very hard to go above and beyond in their community consultation for this project. I went to a couple of the open houses, and the stories I heard from residents were pretty frightening. There is a significant group in Pleasantview that feels that the traffic is unsafe and unsustainable, and that group wants to explore options to make the neighbourhood safer.
The great thing about this pilot project is that it is flexible. Parts of the project can be altered throughout, and there will be clear opportunities for the community to give feedback on the project. But in order for measures to really have an impact, we need to see this pilot through for the 2 years allotted. By following through, we will be able to see the longer term outcomes as drivers adjust to the pilot measures.
I support the work of the Pleasantview Traffic Committee - I think the measures they have proposed would bring positive change in the neighbourhood, and that the committee has done their level best to engage with the community on this project. I would encourage everyone to approach these new measures with an open mind, and to give active and constructive feedback about your experience of the pilot project.
The Committee will be holding a community meeting on April 30th at the Pleasantview Community League from 5:00-8:00pm. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the pilot project, what will change specifically and how it could impact the traffic in Pleasantview. If you have concerns or questions, I would encourage you to attend the event.