A couple of months ago I told you about our roundabouts, or traffic circles, here in River Heights. It was the two-year anniversary of their construction and I wrote about how we appeared to have mastered them and how effective they can be.
Apparently, that may not be the case. These roundabouts are failing to do their job. At least they are failing to do the job the city says they are intended for, and that is to allow for good traffic management and make commuting for cyclists safer.
Apparently, city hall wants these traffic circles to slow down traffic on Grosvenor Avenue. As a result, major renovations are being planned for all the roundabouts along Grosvenor.
I live within a block of Grosvenor and I hadn’t thought that speeding was an issue on the street.
Admittedly, it is only a 50 km/h zone, but it seems motorists seldom exceed that speed.
Regardless, traffic calming is coming to Grosvenor before winter, although not in the form of other neighbourhood streets that employ speed humps to "calm" traffic.
The city is poised to implement a new strategy here and modify the lanes leading out of the roundabouts to make them narrower and thereby force traffic to slow down. This narrowing will only be done along Grosvenor in an east to west direction. North to south streets that intersect at a roundabout will not have their exit lanes modified.
The curbs on the roundabouts will be made larger to jut out further into Grosvenor on the exit lanes at all five locations. These curb modifications are intended to prevent motorists from driving diagonally across the start of the bike lane when exiting from the traffic circles. How that will be accomplished I’m not quite sure, especially considering how the bike lanes themselves narrow both at the entrance and exit of the roundabout. Then there are the buses which already struggle to get around these circles.
Lines marking pedestrian crossing points are also to be added. This is probably a welcome point as many pedestrians and drivers alike seem confused about this aspect.
Local city councilor John Orlikow pointed out this is part of an ongoing process of assessment, enhancement and modification that the city employs to achieve its goal of making our streets safer.
He also promised to work with the community to ensure those ends are met. I’m sure he would welcome your comments and input on this issue.
Orlikow can be reached at:
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Central Corydon Community Centre has some new exciting programs coming up.
Adult drop-in classes are offering training to help you get the best out of your iPad, iPod or iPhone.
These classes are free of charge and are offered at the River Heights site on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. It’s an hour-long class with a half hour before and afterwards for questions and answers. The sessions are intended for both beginners and advanced users.
Other new programs for this winter include recreational dodgeball, youth yoga, couples yoga, family movie nights and jazz, funk and hip-hop dance classes.
For more details contact the centre at 204-488-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.centralcorydoncc.com.
Trevor Smith is a community correspondent for River Heights. You can contact him via email at email@example.com.