EYCC adopts reduced speeds for Vine Avenue, McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue

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Vine Avenue, McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue
1. Approved a reduction of the speed limit from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on Vine Avenue, from Keele Street to McMurray Avenue.

 
2. Approved a reduction of the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h on McMurray Avenue, between Dundas Street West and the north limit of McMurray Avenue.
 
3. Approved a reduction of the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h on Pacific Avenue, from Dundas Street West to Vine Avenue.

Summary

This staff report is about a matter that Community Council has delegated authority from City Council to make a final decision.

This report summarises the results of our investigation into reducing the speed limits from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on Vine Avenue between Keele Street and McMurray Avenue and from 50 km/h to 30 km/h on McMurray Avenue and on Pacific Avenue, between Dundas Street West and Vine Avenue. Our review shows that the criteria to reduce the speed limit are not satisfied
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UMMARY


This staff report is about a matter that Community Council has delegated authority from City Council to make a final decision.


This report summarises the results of our investigation into reducing the speed limits from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on Vine Avenue between Keele Street and McMurray Avenue and from 50 km/h to 30 km/h on McMurray Avenue and on Pacific Avenue, between Dundas Street West and Vine Avenue. Our review shows that the criteria to reduce the speed limit are not satisfied.


RECOMMENDATIONS


Transportation Services recommends that:


1. Etobicoke York Community Council not approve a reduction of the speed limit from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on Vine Avenue, from Keele Street to McMurray Avenue.


2. Etobicoke York Community Council not approve a reduction of the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h on McMurray Avenue between Dundas Street West and the north limit of McMurray Avenue.


3. Etobicoke York Community Council not approve a reduction of the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h on Pacific Avenue, from Dundas Street West to Vine Avenue.


Financial Impact


Adopting the above-noted recommendation does not result in any financial impact.

BACKGROUND


The Ward Councillor forwarded the results of an area survey she conducted related to several concerns that had been expressed by the community. As a result of the survey, the Ward Councillor requested Transportation Services review the implementation of a 30 km/h speed limit on Vine Avenue, McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue north of Dundas Street West. Transportation Services had recently conducted studies on Vine Avenue, McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue due to previous requests regarding traffic concerns on these streets. The results of these studies were applied to the City-wide 30 km/h Speed Limit Warrant. A map of the area is Attachment 1.


COMMENTS


Vine Avenue, McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue north of Dundas Street West are all two- lane roads classified in the City’s Road Classification System as a “Local” roads. These roadways all have an urban cross-section (curb and gutter) with sidewalks on both sides of the street. The legal speed limit on Vine Avenue is 40 km/h while McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue north of Dundas Street West have 50 km/h speed limits.


Although a formal petition was not received in this case, the area councillor did forward the results of a survey conducted by their office, to gain information regarding area resident’s opinions on several traffic concerns in their neighbourhood. The results indicate that a significant proportion of the households on the subject streets did respond to the survey, in which the majority of people that responded were in favour of reducing the speed limits to 30 km/h. As a result the study data was applied to the City of Toronto 30 km/h Speed Limit Warrant which revealed that 30 km/h speed limits are not warranted on Vine Avenue, McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue north of Dundas Street West. Details of our 30 km/h Speed Limit Warrant analysis are included in the attached appendices.


To address traffic speed concerns, automatic speed and volume counts were conducted from Friday midnight to Tuesday midnight in September of 2014 at several locations within the subject community. The results of the studies are summarized in the following table

  

 

 

Based on our assessment, Vine Avenue, McMurray Avenue and Pacific Avenue north of Dundas Street West do not satisfy the technical requirements, based on failure to meet several of the criteria, including the criteria requirement for either Warrant “C, School and Cycling Environment” or “D, Pedestrian and Traffic Environment”, as shown in Appendix A, B and C.


Furthermore, it was noted that there have been no collisions reported in the preceding three year period ending December 31, 2014, where vehicle speed was identified as a factor.


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