Media Release: Town of Lincoln introduces pilot project to reduce speeds in neighbourhoods

Media Release:  Town of Lincoln introduces pilot project to reduce speeds in neighbourhoods

 

Lincoln, ON - (May 26, 2022) – During Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the Council for the Town of Lincoln received and approved a report on the proposed 40 km Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Implementation Pilot Project as a direct method to assist with traffic calming throughout the community. Council has taken several steps to help with speed reduction on Town roads as promoting a healthy and safe community is a priority for our municipality. This includes the speed reduction pilot project and consists of other traffic calming measures such as speed humps and designated community safety zones.

As part of the pilot project, a local residential street will qualify for the program if it has a traffic volume of less than 1000 Average Annual Daily Traffic Value within an urban boundary area that provides access to residential neighbourhoods and subdivisions.

This initiative aligns with a motion from the Niagara Region that the Town of Lincoln Council endorsed at the
October 25, 2021, meeting. The motion supported a request to the Ministry of Transportation to review and amend Section 128 (Rate of Speed) of the Highway Traffic Act. The motion was to reduce the statutory speed limit on a highway in a local municipality within a built-up area from 50 km per hour to 40 km per hour. Additionally, Council directed staff to report back on implementing more speed limit reductions in Lincoln.

“The Town has developed an Active Transportation Network that supports the Council priority of a connected community,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “The consultation process with our local partners was vital in collecting the essential data to develop a plan grounded in best practices and meets community needs and increases public safety.”

“Community safety is a priority for the Town of Lincoln,” said Michael Kirkopoulos, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Lincoln. “With the changing needs of the community, and more residents choosing active transportation, it is important that we stay current with our approach to road safety.”

The purpose of a pilot approach is to allow the Town to pilot the 40 km per hour speed limit reduction in several focused residential neighbourhood areas across all wards within the Town to evaluate its effectiveness better, engage and receive feedback from the public and better control signage implementation costs.

Staff consulted with the Traffic Service branch of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRP) regarding the proposed pilot program. Staff continue to work closely with the Police Service, given their responsibility for enforcing traffic laws and speed enforcement throughout the Region.

The 40 km Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Implementation Pilot Project aligns with plans to enhance
Active Transportation in Lincoln and will connect to the Speed Reduction Program and Transportation Master Plan.

Town Council and staff encourage residents to continue to help identify any areas of concern in our community; these will be monitored and considered during future program expansion.

To stay updated on the project, please visit
SpeakUpLincoln.ca/traffic-safety.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205
 
 
Pilot Project Implementation Plan

The following table summarizes the proposed implementation plan for the proposed 40 km per hour Neighbourhood Area Pilot Program.
 

Action Item Target Date
Approval of Pilot Program May 30, 2022
Notification (Public Notices, Social Media, Speak Up Lincoln) July to August 2022
Installation of Gateway Signage September to October 2022
Undertake Post Speed Studies in Pilot Program Area 2023 Black Cat Speed Study Program
Public Consultation on the Pilot Program Q3 2023
Report back to Council on Pilot Program Q4 2023


 

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