June 28, 2012: Speed Humps for Byron Avenue?
Speed Humps for Byron Avenue?
By Katie Paris, Wellington Village Community Association.
The City has proposed a series of traffic management changes to Byron Avenue as part of the “Byron Area Traffic Management Study.” The changes are prompted by concerns over traffic speed, and by the need for a continuous route for bicyclists connecting areas west with downtown. Funding has only been partially committed, so these recommendations will join an existing list of many city-wide priorities for funding allocations in coming years.
The City’s Area Traffic Management group held two open houses, one in June 2010 and one on June 20, 2012, to gather public input on the plan. It is recommending two to three flat-top speed humps on Byron between Island Park Drive and Holland Avenue, plus a number of other smaller interventions, such as designating “sharrows” on Byron–lanes that are to be shared with bicycles and cars– with lane markings for bicycles. They also plan to realign the Byron linear pathway in such a way that the paths will terminate at street corners, so that all pedestrian and bicycle traffic will cross at crosswalks.
The intersection at Byron/ Holland/Tyndall will be reworked, with north and south-going left- turn-only lanes and several traffic islands proposed. At Tyndall and Parkdale, left turns (north bound) will be eliminated.
More notably, the City proposes to introduce mini-roundabouts at two intersections along Tyndall, at Hinton and Hamilton Streets. These mini-roundabouts consist of a dome-shaped raised area in the middle of the intersection, covered with pavers, with traffic directed around the dome. The intent is to better allow cars to enter onto Tyndall from side streets; stop signs at these streets will be eliminated, so it may become a bit harder for pedestrians to cross the street at these locations. These mini-roundabouts are the only feature of the plans that are already funded, still subject to approval by the councillor for the ward.
Maps are posted on the Wellington Village Community Association web site, at http://www.wvca.ca.
For more information regarding the study recommendations or if you wish to comment, contact Wook Kang, City of Ottawa, 613-580-2424,ext. 19285, email@example.com .
The Hintonburg Community Association gives details on proposed modifications to Tyndall at http://hintonburg.com/tynround.html , where residents may also comment on the plans (due to the city by July 20).