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Councillor - Town of Blue Mountains

How safe is your street?

There are many small and older neighbourhoods in The Blue Mountains, especially along the waterfront areas, which were not built to today’s road standards i.e. larger road widths with shoulders, sidewalks, street lights, etc.

Often you see families who reside or visit these neighbourhoods walking and biking to access various recreational features or just enjoying the day out.

Do they ever worry about the dangers of traffic and speed from reckless and carefree drivers? You bet they do. These roads, if not posted, have designated speed limits of 50 km/hr.

Recently, the residents of Fraser Crescent, in Craigleith, requested (18 by petition) a posted speed reduction on their street noting excessive speeds by non-residents, service vehicles, couriers, garbage trucks, etc. , which put their kids and grandkids, as well as their own lives, at risk.

We have lowered the speed limits recently along Bay Street and Beaver Street from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr for the same reasons – SAFETY! The cost of doing this is nominal (staff time and signs) and greatly appreciated by the residents of these neighbourhoods. We don’t need a full blown study to determine the areas in need, as some Council members suggest, and we certainly don’t need to study the rural areas. A study would take close to two years to complete and implement and many residents, like those living on Fraser Crescent, would continue to live in fear and the safety of their families.

I proposed a motion that the Town reduces the speed limit along Fraser Crescent from 50km/hr to 40 km/hr. Only Councilor Martin supported me, while the rest of council basically rejected the change. Why, because they say it’s not needed and do not accept the safety concerns of the residents.

While this might sound like a small matter to some, I think it speaks to the general attitude of this Council towards the residents of this community, especially regarding safety and establishing HEALTY neighbourhoods and HEALTHY lifestyles. I might be wrong but that’s the way I see it.