A horrific crash on Queen this morning highlights the inadequacy of the new 40 km/h speed limit signs to reduce dangerous speeding on this multi-lane one-way arterial street.
By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published October 05, 2017
This morning, there was a terrible motor vehicle collision at the corner of Queen Street South and Charlton Avenue West which resulted in a car flipped upside-down on its roof, landing right on the sidewalk.
Police investigating a motor vehicle crash at Queen and Charlton
The City of Hamilton clearly needs to do more to protect public safety than just install 40 km/h speed limit signs on Queen Street South, which it did this summer as a consolation for the failed attempt to implement two-way conversion and/or meaningful traffic calming on this dangerous one-way arterial.
Clearly, the vehicles in this collision were not travelling at 40 km/h. It has been my experience that many motorists either have not noticed the new speed limit signs or are not complying with the speed limit.
In September, I contacted the City and asked if they could at least install "NEW" signs with the 40 km/h speed limit signs to alert motorists to the fact that the legal speed limit has changed.
I received the following reply from Public Works: "The City does not install NEW signs for the installation of speed limit signs. Due to the amount of signs we install throughout the City and with the amount of modifications we make, this would be an very large burden on our operations and costly."
In contrast, the City has installed multiple "NEW" signs, including 500 metres both to the east and west of the intersection, to alert motorists that the traffic signal cycle has been modified at Dundurn Street South and Aberdeen Avenue.
This would seem to be a much more minor and obvious change than lowering the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h on a minor arterial street with a history of major collisions!
Surely, this morning's collision is going to cost the City far more than a few temporary signs. Queen is an arterial street and it is unusual to have a 40 km/h speed limit. In addition, a pedestrian crossing is being installed at Herkimer.
Children walk right through these intersections every day on their way to and from school, on a street with a history of serious collisions. The City's minimal efforts so far to reduce dangerous speeding and improve safety for all road users are not good enough.
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