Ridgeway School Zone Safety Review

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Public consultation has concluded – thank you for your input. We will be working on Phase Two of the Safety Review Action Plan through 2022.


At our open house held February 26, 2020, approximately 70 people attended and another 20 people participated online. We received over 250 written comments, and had many interesting and informative conversations. We heard a wide variety of perspectives on all the treatment options presented. Many people we heard from were in support of infrastructure-based solutions such as improved crossings, measures to encourage speed reduction, and pedestrian priority treatments. We also heard some concerns about:

  • Program-based treatments that may require volunteer support or rely on enforcement.
  • Closing streets to vehicle traffic, including concerns about longevity, impacts to nearby streets, and parking challenges.

Overall, crossing safety and reducing speed continue to be the most commonly mentioned priorities. To address the safety issues around Ridgeway Elementary we’ve developed a phased action plan.

For more details on this plan please review the Safety Review Action Plan.


Public consultation has concluded – thank you for your input. We will be working on Phase Two of the Safety Review Action Plan through 2022.


At our open house held February 26, 2020, approximately 70 people attended and another 20 people participated online. We received over 250 written comments, and had many interesting and informative conversations. We heard a wide variety of perspectives on all the treatment options presented. Many people we heard from were in support of infrastructure-based solutions such as improved crossings, measures to encourage speed reduction, and pedestrian priority treatments. We also heard some concerns about:

  • Program-based treatments that may require volunteer support or rely on enforcement.
  • Closing streets to vehicle traffic, including concerns about longevity, impacts to nearby streets, and parking challenges.

Overall, crossing safety and reducing speed continue to be the most commonly mentioned priorities. To address the safety issues around Ridgeway Elementary we’ve developed a phased action plan.

For more details on this plan please review the Safety Review Action Plan.


  • Safety Review Action Plan

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    To address the safety issues around Ridgeway Elementary we’ve developed an action plan.

    This plan is based on community feedback, planning and engineering best practices, and reflects the specific context of the school.

    Action Plan Objectives

    • Supports active travel to school
    • Reduces congestion in the school zone
    • Improves safety by minimizing risk of conflicts between vehicles and vulnerable road users
    • Reflects community input
    • Is cost effective and replicable
    • Is viable on a long-term, permanent basis

    We will roll out our Action Plan in phases, with the first phase beginning this year.

    PHASE ONE

    Implementation through 2020

    Phase one is a mix of temporary and permanent changes including:

    1. making high-volume pedestrian crossings more visible;
    2. installing diagonal diverters at key intersections;
    3. expanding slow speed zones; and
    4. using on street murals to draw attention to no stopping zones, curb bulges and pedestrian priority areas.

    We will monitor the impacts of these changes and adjust as needed.

    Phase One Details


    #1 Making high-volume pedestrian crossings more visible
    Crossing safety was the number one concern we heard from the community. With that in mind, we are enhancing the safety and comfort of crossings nearest to the school. These treatments will also increase overall awareness and visibility of the school zone. This includes:

    • Adding new painted crosswalks leading to the school
    • Installing physical barriers in “no-stopping” zones to improve traffic flow and visibility
    • Expanding curb bulges to improve vehicle and pedestrian sight-lines
    • Use paint and signage where possible to highlight the school zone



    #2 Install diagonal diverters at key intersections:

    The installation of new diagonal diverters will help reduce the potential for conflict between vehicles, between vehicles and pedestrians, and it will reduce congestion. It will also discourage non-local traffic cutting through the neighbourhood and encourage more efficient traffic flow in the school zone.

    Initially these diagonal diverters will be temporary, allowing us to make adjustments as needed.

    This is an example of how diagonal diverters are used. Design and implementation materials will differ at Ridgeway and crosswalks will be included.


    #3 Expanded slow speed zone*

    We will expand the existing 30 km/h zone area beyond the immediate school boundaries and adjust it to be in affect at all times of day. This change will:

    • improve safety along pedestrian and cycling routes in all directions near the school
    • address the concerns of residents and families with existing speeds
    • improve safety and comfort for families who want to park several blocks away and walk to the school

      *Note: Council must approve this change. City Staff will present a plan for Council’s consideration this fall.


    #4 Using on street murals to draw attention to no stopping zones, curb bulges and pedestrian priority areas
    When feasible (physical distancing restrictions make installation challenging), staff will involve the community in creating several on-street murals. Paint and bright colours will used to highlight curb bulges, no stopping zones and pedestrian priority areas, while enlivening the streets.



    PHASE TWO

    Implementation through 2021 /2022

    In Phase Two, we will be monitoring the effectiveness of the Phase One interventions, and making adjustments as needed. We will also be planning for more extensive upgrades that require additional budget and are subject to a City-wide prioritization process. These include:

    • Upgrades to the pedestrian crossing at Ridgeway Ave and E Keith Rd (this priority measure is included in the City's draft financial plan for implementation in 2021)
    • Additional speed reduction measures to support the expanded 30 km/h zone, if necessary (e.g. speed humps, curb bump outs, etc.)
    • Additional enhancements to pedestrian crossings along E Keith Rd
    • Further physical enhancements to pedestrian crossings adjacent to the school.
  • What We Heard - February 2020 Engagement

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    The CNV shared potential treatment options with the public via two Open House sessions, and through the project page. Staff collected feedback through conversations with members of the public, written comments left at the open house, and through the web feedback form that was attached to the digital open house boards.


    Approximately 70 people attended the open house on February 26, 2020. Another 20 people reviewed the open house boards online and left their comments virtually. We received over 250 written comments, and had many interesting and informative conversations.


    We heard a wide variety of perspectives on all the treatment options presented by staff. In general, we heard high levels of support for infrastructure-based solutions such as improved crossings, measures to encourage speed reduction, and pedestrian priority treatments. We heard more concerns raised about program-based treatments that would require volunteer support or rely on enforcement. There were also many concerns raised regarding the options to pilot the closure of streets to vehicle traffic, including concerns about longevity, impacts to nearby streets, and parking challenges. Overall, as in the phase 1 survey, crossing safety and speeds continued to be the most commonly mentioned priorities. As well, we heard many requests for specific infrastructure interventions, including four-way stops and one-way streets.


  • What We Heard From You - Engagement #1

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    Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out a survey, leave comments on the interactive map, or contact the City directly. We heard from a range of people across the Ridgeway School community: students, parents, and neighbourhood residents.

    Through this process, we learned a lot about your transportation and safety priorities for the Ridgeway area.

    We heard from over 315 people through the online engagement platform, school-based student surveys, and an in-class student workshop.

    Who Did We Hear From

    The results are clear that safety is the top transportation priority in this community. The Top 3 Transportation issues identified in the survey were all safety related:

    1. Make crossings safer
    2. Reduce speeds
    3. Address poor driver behaviour

    We also heard a lot about the specific locations of concern. The most frequently mentioned locations are listed below.

    1. Entire School Perimeter
    2. 300 Block E 9th
    3. Ridgeway Ave and E 9th
    4. 400 Block E 9th
    5. E Keith Rd and Ridgeway Ave

    View Location Feedback

    Click the map below to view feedback

    Many respondents also reported challenges with crossing E Keith Road at various points. Similar concerns were raised at many of the other locations of concern, as well as a number of other issues that came up frequently. These include:

    • Visibility/driver awareness of the 30 km/h zone
    • Need for more enforcement around the school
    • Gaps in the sidewalk network
    • Sightline and visibility issues

    We also received a number of suggestions for specific infrastructure interventions at particular locations of concern. We will consider these suggestions as we develop potential options for the area. The most frequent suggestions were for the following:

    • Four-way stops
    • Crosswalks
    • One-way streets
    • Pedestrian controlled lights

    What we heard from students

    We engaged with Ridgeway students through an in-class survey and a classroom-based workshop.

    One of the interesting things we learned from the students is that given the choice, most of them would prefer to walk or roll to school.

    If you could choose ANY way to travel to school what would it be?


    Students echoed some of the safety concerns from the parent and resident survey. Kids talked about busy streets with too many cars, and some students reported challenges crossing the street. A common sentiment was that cars don’t always stop for them. In particular, when asked what would make their trip to school better, one of the most common themes in the responses was around better driving and less traffic. The other most common response to the questions of what would make their trip to school better were things that would make the journey more fun, such as bringing pets, different modes of transportation (usually bike or skateboard), public art, or a school made of candy.


    Overall, students say they are fairly confident crossing the street, with 19% saying they felt bad or unsafe and the remaining 81% feeling neutral or good.

    Responses to the question “what parts of your trip to school do you like?” highlight the experiential value of that time. Students enjoy spending time with their friends, talking to their parents or siblings, walking, listening to music in the car, or enjoying nature and wildlife. Many students also mentioned Roxanne the crossing guard as being a familiar presence they enjoy seeing each day.

    For more detail on the engagement results see the Detailed Feedback Summary Report - PDF


  • Project Overview

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    by Dina,

    The Safe and Active School Travel Program (SASTP) has improved safety in many school zones including Ridgeway Elementary School however ongoing growth in enrolment has contributed to consistent congestion and safety concerns.

    The City is initiating a Ridgeway School Zone Safety review due to traffic and safety concerns around the school. Some of the key concerns we have heard to date include drivers disobeying signage and regulations, speeding, traffic queuing and poor driver behaviour. To shape this review process, we want to hear from the entire school community and from neighbouring residents.



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