St Andrews Safety Improvements Project

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Update - October 2021:

This summer, we reached out to the community with a proposed design for safety improvements along St Andrews between Keith Road and 13th Street. This section of St Andrews is a wide, local street that is well used by pedestrians, a designated bike route and an important connection to the Green Necklace, Lions Gate Hospital, Ridgeway Elementary School and other local amenities.


What We Heard

During the consultation process, we heard from many of you about how you travel along St Andrews and what safety improvements you felt were most important. The most common theme we heard was that excess vehicle speed is a concern.

We also received feedback on the proposed design, which included overall support for raised crossings, modifying the roadway to support slower speeds, and using the remaining road space for mobility lanes. The main concerns we heard were related to loss of street parking and not enough separation between the proposed northbound mobility lane and vehicle traffic. For more information, review the Phase 1 Summary and the Phase 2 Summary.

During the consultation process, we received several recurring questions about the project. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.


Revised Design

After reviewing all the feedback, we’ve adjusted the proposed design to retain as much street parking as possible.

Changes have not been made to the mobility lane as the proposed design aligns with provincial and regional guidelines for a local street.

The revised design for St Andrews is shown below. Once complete, this section of St Andrews will include the following safety improvements:

  • Two raised crosswalks at intersections with high pedestrian volume
  • Northbound mobility lane
  • Narrower vehicle travel lanes
  • Improved sightlines at intersections

Section: 13th to 11th

Section: 11th to 9th

Section: 9th to Keith

9th-Keith - click to view larger

Construction Schedule

Construction for the project will occur in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in late October and take approximately one month to complete. This work will include installation of two raised crosswalks located on the north side of 9th Street and St Andrews and the south side of 8th Street and St Andrews.

Phase 2 includes narrowing of the road and installation of the mobility lanes. Due to a road paint shortage that is currently affecting North America, this work will occur in 2022. Area residents will be notified by mail before Phase 2 construction work begins.


Sidewalk Infill and Street Trees

Sidewalks are currently being installed along the east side of St Andrews to fill in the gaps where they are missing. This work is part of the City’s annual sidewalk construction program to improve walkability and pedestrian safety in the City. The anticipated completion date for this work is late November.

We're designing the traffic calming measures and installing the sidewalk in a way that allows for street trees in the boulevard. Street trees will be planted along both sides of the 1200-block of St Andrews in November. The remaining blocks will be planted in future planting seasons.


Update - October 2021:

This summer, we reached out to the community with a proposed design for safety improvements along St Andrews between Keith Road and 13th Street. This section of St Andrews is a wide, local street that is well used by pedestrians, a designated bike route and an important connection to the Green Necklace, Lions Gate Hospital, Ridgeway Elementary School and other local amenities.


What We Heard

During the consultation process, we heard from many of you about how you travel along St Andrews and what safety improvements you felt were most important. The most common theme we heard was that excess vehicle speed is a concern.

We also received feedback on the proposed design, which included overall support for raised crossings, modifying the roadway to support slower speeds, and using the remaining road space for mobility lanes. The main concerns we heard were related to loss of street parking and not enough separation between the proposed northbound mobility lane and vehicle traffic. For more information, review the Phase 1 Summary and the Phase 2 Summary.

During the consultation process, we received several recurring questions about the project. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.


Revised Design

After reviewing all the feedback, we’ve adjusted the proposed design to retain as much street parking as possible.

Changes have not been made to the mobility lane as the proposed design aligns with provincial and regional guidelines for a local street.

The revised design for St Andrews is shown below. Once complete, this section of St Andrews will include the following safety improvements:

  • Two raised crosswalks at intersections with high pedestrian volume
  • Northbound mobility lane
  • Narrower vehicle travel lanes
  • Improved sightlines at intersections

Section: 13th to 11th

Section: 11th to 9th

Section: 9th to Keith

9th-Keith - click to view larger

Construction Schedule

Construction for the project will occur in two phases. Phase 1 will begin in late October and take approximately one month to complete. This work will include installation of two raised crosswalks located on the north side of 9th Street and St Andrews and the south side of 8th Street and St Andrews.

Phase 2 includes narrowing of the road and installation of the mobility lanes. Due to a road paint shortage that is currently affecting North America, this work will occur in 2022. Area residents will be notified by mail before Phase 2 construction work begins.


Sidewalk Infill and Street Trees

Sidewalks are currently being installed along the east side of St Andrews to fill in the gaps where they are missing. This work is part of the City’s annual sidewalk construction program to improve walkability and pedestrian safety in the City. The anticipated completion date for this work is late November.

We're designing the traffic calming measures and installing the sidewalk in a way that allows for street trees in the boulevard. Street trees will be planted along both sides of the 1200-block of St Andrews in November. The remaining blocks will be planted in future planting seasons.


Tell Us Your Story

We’d like to hear about your experience with the speed, safety and comfort on St Andrews. We want to hear from all voices – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and people with mobility aids.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    I welcome this project

    by hollandmatt, 10 months ago
    very happy to see sidewalks going in, they should be considered essential. Would also love to see raised crosswalks as a way of slowing down traffic and making crossing safer for those walking or using wheelchairs, modal filters to cut down on through traffic. Maybe even one-way sections with a counterflow bike lane?


    what about expanding the triangular park near the coffee shop to effectively narrow the street?

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    Andrews on St Andrews

    by MD, 10 months ago

    It's great that Andrews on 8th is such a community draw and has made Sam Walker Park busy too. But this has lead to many pedestrians (including me) wandering through and hanging around the intersection of 8th and St. Andrews, with poor north-south sightlines for drivers, walkers and cyclists.

    It would be helpful to put marked crosswalks around all four sides of the roundabout (especially crossing 8th from Andrews to the park) -- maybe even doing some street-art-type crosswalk design around the roundabout to make cars slow down and recognize this is a busy pedestrian area. It would also help... Continue reading

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    11th St Resident

    by AshleighInman, 10 months ago
    Hello There,


    I'm so grateful that this project has been put forward. We live at 11th on the east side of St. Georges. We love our walkable city and the freedom it will soon provide my growing children aged 8, 6 & 3. We walk to and from Ridgeway 99% of our school days. I'm so happy with the newly posted 30 KM zones. However, I would love to see a pedestrian cross walk at 11th crossing St. Andrews. Because of parked cars on the North side of St. Andrews it makes our sidewalk a blindspot and tricky to cross... Continue reading

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    Speed Bumps, Please

    by khilton, 10 months ago

    I don't understand why we are not just going straight to the most obvious and effective solution, speed bumps. There are many streets above15th, both east/west and north/south, that have them. I can only assume that it is because they have been determined to be effective at managing vehicle speed.

    I understand that "visually" narrowing St. Andrews, by putting the parking lanes outside of bike lanes, may be a solution under consideration. If narrowing a street (visually or otherwise) works to control speed then it begs the question, why do some of the narrowest streets in the neighborhood (ie Ridgeway... Continue reading

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    We need speed bumps

    by laurakh, 10 months ago
    As the City has acknowledged, St. Andrews is a very wide street and has become a rat-runner route for drivers looking to avoid the busy intersection at St. George's and Keith. Drivers have not noticeably slowed down since the addition of many 30 km/h signs. Grand Boulevard West has had speed bumps installed in the last few months, this should absolutely be implemented on St. Andrews, which is even wider than Grand Blvd. I live on St. Andrews and work from home, and watch vehicles speed down hill as they approach the traffic circle at 8th and St. Andrews, and... Continue reading
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    Median at 13th

    by lanemx, 10 months ago
    Glad you will be installing sidewalks where they are missing. My biggest concern is the following: I’ve witnessed drivers on multiple occasions drive over the median that was installed at St. Andrews and 13th to limit through traffic down to Keith. You may want to consider building up the median more so this can’t be done, otherwise it defeats the purpose of having the median in the first place.
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    St Andrews speedway

    by Sharon, 10 months ago
    Hi - great to hear about the measures to slow traffic on St. Andrews from Keith to 13th. When will the St. Andrews freeway between Keith and 3rd be addressed? The more backed up Keith gets, the more traffic short cuts down the hill and onto the side streets. My dog and I have almost been hit several times as cars just don’t stop for pedestrians.

    Thanks!

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    Speed

    by Epenny, 10 months ago

    Really appreciate your efforts to slow down traffic in this area. St Andrews is a very wide road and I think drivers often forget they are supposed to drive 30km/hour. Perhaps if the roads were painted to say “slow” or “30km/h” it would remind drivers. Especially important around Sam Walker park as there are a lot of children that play there. And this area gets a lot of foot traffic due to its proximity to Ridgeway school.

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