Over the summer of 2020, an online survey was conducted to gather additional feedback about the proposed addition of speed cushions to the recommended traffic calming plan along Belcourt Boulevard. The deadline to complete the survey was August 31st, 2020. Since then, the results from the survey have been reviewed and analyzed. All of the survey results are included in the ‘As We Heard It Report #3’ (link provided further below). Based on the results and some additional key factors, the recommended traffic calming plan for Belcourt Boulevard has been updated and finalized.
This November 2020 update includes the final recommended traffic calming plan for Belcourt Boulevard and the rationale for the recommended traffic calming measures.
Final Recommended Traffic Calming Plan
The final traffic calming plan for Belcourt Boulevard includes the following recommended measures:
- Implement speed cushions along Belcourt Boulevard south of Sunview Drive ONLY.
- Implement curb radii reductions and a cycle-friendly narrowing at Notre-Dame Boulevard.
- Implement a curb-radii reduction and a cycle-friendly narrowing at Carrière Street.
- Implement cycle-friendly narrowings at Beauséjour Drive.
Traffic calming plans strive to find the right balance between potential benefits, potential secondary impacts, and community feedback. The feedback from the most recent online survey regarding the addition of speed cushions is very divided. In order to find the right balance between the aforementioned factors, the City’s final recommendation to implement speed cushions along Belcourt Boulevard south of Sunview Drive is the best compromise. The speed cushions along the southern section of the street in combination with the previously recommended horizontal traffic calming measures located at various intersections, should improve the traffic conditions along Belcourt Boulevard.
Rationale for Recommended Traffic Calming Measures
One of the factors taken into consideration when finalizing recommended traffic calming plans is based on community feedback. View the ‘As We Heard It Report #3’ [ PDF 157 KB ] which includes the recent online survey results. The City seeks public feedback to assess potential options and/or refine recommendations. While public feedback is very important, the final recommendation is not made exclusively by public preference.
Based on the survey results, although the there is a slight majority of respondents that do not think that speed cushions would be beneficial anywhere along Belcourt Boulevard, there are a sufficient amount of respondents that do think that the addition of speed cushions would be beneficial especially the majority of respondents that live directly adjacent to Belcourt Boulevard, and especially for the southern section of Belcourt Boulevard.
In addition to the survey results, there are other key factors that contributed to the decision to recommend four speed cushions along Belcourt Boulevard south of Sunview Drive. These key factors include:
- Belcourt Boulevard south of Sunview Drive consists of a long straight residential section of the street with no stops until Beauséjour Drive. This type of street geometry can encourage higher speeds. Implementing speed cushions along this section of Belcourt Boulevard will slow down drivers and increase safety for all street users.
- Implementing speed cushions along Belcourt Boulevard south of Sunview Drive will not affect OC Transpo. There are no buses operating along this section of the street.
- Implementing speed cushions along Belcourt Boulevard south of Sunview Drive will not prohibit the possibility of implementing permanent cycling lanes in the future.
The recommended spacing for the speed cushions is based on the recommended distancing provided by the ‘Canadian Guide to Traffic Calming’. A series of speed cushions is more effective than a single installation.
The horizontal traffic calming measures including the narrowings and curb-radii reductions for Notre-Dame, Carrière, and Beauséjour were presented at the public open house in October 2019.
The results from the feedback gathered at the public open house and corresponding online survey indicated that there is sufficient support for these measures. The horizontal measures are recommended to help reduce speeds and increase pedestrian safety near the retirement home, school, and at Beauséjour Drive where residents raised numerous concerns.
Until the permanent traffic calming measures are implemented, temporary traffic calming measures such as flex stakes will continue to be installed along Belcourt Boulevard. Based on the feedback that was received, the locations of the flex stakes will be re-evaluated next year. When the permanent traffic calming measures are implemented, the need for flex stakes will be re-evaluated.
The next step in the process is to confirm funding. Once the funding has been confirmed, detailed design will be undertaken (typically 1 year) with the construction typically following the year after.