While on the campaign trail, the second most discussed issue was traffic, especially how to calm traffic in residential neighborhoods. To me, livable streets means that in residential neighborhoods, kids can bike, people can walk dogs, and neighbors can interact as a community. However, all over our city, this has not been the case. Neighbors have banded together and advocated for safer streets, only to fall on deaf ears at City Hall. Some groups have been trying for over five years to get traffic calming measures implemented.
I want our residents' experience with City Hall to change. Whether it is making an improvement on your house, opening a small business, or retaking our roads, I expect our staff to be responsive, respectful and timely. So I was thrilled that staff has brought forward a new plan called "First Tier" Residential Street Traffic Calming Process. This means with a reasonable threshold (a majority of property owners/residents on a street with a response rate of 50+%), a neighborhood can get speed cushions sited and installed within a few months.
This is a new program and certainly will have its kinks to work out, especially as it relates to more extensive traffic calming proposals, getting metrics on time to implement, and what other tools in our traffic calming library would be appropriate. But It is a great start and we voted unanimously to approve the proposal.
If you do have experience with this program, please let me know how it goes! We are always trying to improve our service and your feedback is important!