There has been an understandable demand for traffic calming in many St. John’s neighbourhoods. High speeds in residential neighbourhoods are noisy, disruptive, and dangerous.
Part of the reason is that many St. John’s residential streets are too wide. Another problem is that policies appear to limit traffic calming measures unduly.
Traffic calming doesn’t need to mean speed bumps. It can mean narrower streets by adding diagonal parking, sidewalks, green medians, or bike lanes; stop signs or lower speed limits; or intersection redesigns.
Some of the rules about eligibility for traffic calming seem too restrictive. Neighbourhoods that experience real problems are denied solutions or offered solutions that don’t match their problems. I will push for a reevaluation of the existing rules.