Comment 112016

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted June 04, 2015 at 09:29:49 in reply to Comment 112012

That was the summary data staff released initially.

However, for safety it is the extreme speeds that matter most: you really want no one driving at dangerously fast speeds which is why physical traffic calming is so effective. The street should be designed so that it is physically impossible to drive at dangerously high speeds for a normal driver (it should also feel uncomfortable to drive fast). As I mentioned in the article Hamilton has done the opposite: designed the street for dangerously high speeds of around 70km/h.

Over the 8 days of the study roughly 7000 vehicles exceeded 50 km/h, that's 875 per day even with the "traffic calming" visible speed indicator in place! I had hoped to be able to get the data to count how many were exceeding 65 km/h (extremely dangerous) or 70km/h. With 875 vehicles per day exceeding 50 km/h we definitely have a serious speeding problem and extreme risk to the users of the playground.

Over the past few years there have been several serious accidents at Park/Charlton that have led to car crashing into the berm!

And that's considering the posted 50 km/h limit.

In many places the speed limit on this sort of street past a children's playground would be 30 km/h ... even 50 km/h is far too fast right next to a playground (with no crosswalks adjacent to the playground).

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-06-04 09:33:38

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