The Barber Lane traffic calming initiative began in July of 2007 with the Neighbourhood Advisory Committee (NAC) forming in October of 2007.
City conducted a speed survey in May 2007 and found that the operating speed was 33-42 km/h, compared to the posted speed limit of 20 km/h. A mail out survey was sent to the Barber Lane neighbourhood. Of the eighty-three surveys sent out, 30 were returned resulting in a 36% response rate. From the response, 67% agreed that speeding is a problem along Barber Lane and 50% would like to see some form of traffic calming device installed on the road.
The NAC met again in June of 2008 to discuss the survey results and to review options for traffic calming. A draft plan consisting of speed humps was developed although the survey result was inconclusive whether physical measures would be supported by the neighbourhood. The NAC agreed that for Phase 1, the city will proceed with only public education through signage, pavement markings, and a request for police enforcement.
“Shared roadway” signs were installed on Barber Lane during the summer of 2008.
After further monitoring of traffic calming along Barber Lane, the NAC prepared a draft traffic calming plan consisting of two features:
- the addition of three speed humps along Barber Lane
- a left turn restriction from southbound April Road to Barber Lane
A final neighbourhood survey was sent to the neighbourhood with the purpose of measuring neighbourhood support for the final draft traffic calming plan as formulated by the NAC. Two questions were asked:
Question 1: Do you support the installation of 3 speed humps as proposed for the Barber Lane Traffic Calming Plan?
Question 2: Do you support the installation of a “no left turn” sign on April Road as proposed for the Barber Lane Traffic Calming Plan?
This survey was sent to 79 addresses in the neighbourhood area and 29 eligible responses were received resulting in a 37% response rate. 59% of the respondents indicated that they supported the installation of 3 speed humps. 48% of respondents indicated that they supported the installation of a “no left turn” restriction sign on April Road.
As per the City’s Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Policy, in general, a minimum of 2/3 (67%) neighbourhood approval is necessary to consider that the plan is supported by the neighbourhood. The survey results suggested that both parts of the proposed traffic calming plan were not supported by the neighbourhood in accordance with City policy.
On February 23, 2010, the results of the NAC’s work and final survey results were presented to City Council and the following motions were approved:
THAT in accordance with the City’s Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Policy, no traffic calming installation be implemented on Barber Lane as less than 67% neighbourhood support was received;
AND THAT the Barber Lane Traffic Calming Initiative be considered to be complete;
AND THAT staff advise the Barber Lane Neighbourhood Advisory Committee of the Neighbourhood Survey No. 2 results.”