Comment 107459

By jason (registered) | Posted December 31, 2014 at 20:07:40 in reply to Comment 107457

this is another problem here compared with Dutch/European countries where drivers are charged severely for such carelessness. Here, it's a slap on the wrist.

I would think a 30k city-wide speed limit would make sense, then on major streets we can put 40k signs. Currently you enter the city and it says 'speed limit 50k unless otherwise noted'. Then we post signs for 60 on Upper James, 80k on Cootes Dr etc.....

We could easily do the same thing - 30k city wide unless otherwise posted. Then, we post nothing more than 40 (except highways obviously).

This is one helpful step, but engineering is the major step and city hall is lost in 50's in that regard.

Look at Cootes Dr as it enters downtown Dundas. 4 lanes, plus turning lane. It suddenly reduces to 1-lane each way, with transit and parking on both sides and functions JUST FINE.
What a complete waste of land and money, building a road 1.5x larger than it needs to be. This same thing is repeated city-wide. Overbuilt streets which only lead to speeding.

We could add a BRT or LRT route extension along Cootes from Mac to downtown Dundas without impacting traffic operations one bit. Correction: without having traffic operations any worse than any other normal city. Yes, things will be slower than the 90-100 people currently do on Cootes, which is a good thing.

Comment edited by jason on 2014-12-31 20:10:50

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