The City of Ottawa is undertaking an innovative traffic-calming measure along 12 streets spread across 11 wards. Residents near Springland Drive will be the first to see the pilot project today with other participating streets receiving their installations through the month of July.
Flexible plastic speed limit signs, 1.2 metres high by 32.4 centimetres wide, will be installed down the middle of participating streets, approximately 100 metres apart. This is meant to be a seasonal installation that will be in place from early July through to mid-November 2013.
The technique has been used successfully in Montreal where reduced incidents of speeding were recorded in participating neighbourhoods.
Locations that were considered for the pilot project included those awaiting study on the Area Traffic Management list as well as those identified based on requests from residents who have expressed concern about speeding in their neighbourhoods. A review of adjacent land use, speed, traffic volume and collision data was undertaken and the participating streets in Ottawa were then chosen. Each participating street has one or more of a playground, a school or seniors housing nearby. The following streets will be a part of the pilot project:
- Church Street
- Forest Valley Drive
- Grenon Avenue
- Grey Nuns Drive
- Halton Terrace
- Kittiwake Drive
- McCurdy Drive
- Montfort Street
- Springland Drive
- Steeple Chase Drive
- Trappers Road
- Woodfield Drive
In the past, the City of Ottawa has responded to speeding concerns with low-cost solutions such as speed display boards and law enforcement but these methods are only effective for the time that the speed board or enforcement officers are in place. This pilot project represents an opportunity to extend the traffic calming period in a low-cost, experimental way.
Data will be collected to determine the effectiveness of these measures and to help determine if they should be used on an on-going basis to help address speeding concerns in Ottawa.