Comment 99382

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 29, 2014 at 11:21:12 in reply to Comment 99365

The 2002 Durand Traffic study included data measured by City traffic engineers that showed that 200 vehicles per day exceeded 65 km/h on the minor arterial streets like Herkimer, Charlton and Bay.

65 km/h and higher are literally deadly speeds for pedestrians, especially in densely populated neighbourhoods with lots of children, seniors and other pedestrians like the Durand. These high speeds make collisions with pedestrians, especially young and elderly pedestrians more likely, since reaction times are much less both for the driver and pedestrian judging a safe "gap" in traffic to cross. In the event of a collision, the pedestrian is almost certain to die or be very seriously injured. This is unacceptable and the streets must be engineered to make speeds above the 30 or 40 km/h uncomfortable for motorists. Engineers know how to do this safely; we just have tell them to get on with it.

If over 200 vehicles per day exceed 65 km/h on residential streets, it is pretty obvious that their will be far more vehicles exceeding 65 or 70 on much wider streets like Main, Queen and King with widely spaced lights.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-03-29 11:23:45

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