Mississauga Greenlights Speed Bumps Despite Resident Complaints

Despite the residents' concerns, City staff say that a majority of those who responded to the surveys seeking input on road safety approved of some type of traffic calming measures.

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The City of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada has approved a $502,000 plan to install traffic calming measures on 15 residential streets in high-need areas across wards 1, 2, 3, and 8. The initiative, which aims to curb speeding and improve pedestrian safety, includes the installation of speed bumps, raised crosswalks, stop signs, and bollards.

However, not all residents are on board with the plan. Some residents from the neighbourhoods where the measures will be implemented feel the consultation process was not conducted fairly. They claim that City surveys did not adequately capture their views on having speed bumps on their streets.

The streets where traffic calming will be installed are Kendall Rd., Rometown Dr., Stanfield Rd., Stavebank Rd. (several stretches), Orr Rd. (several stretches), Meadow Wood Rd. (several stretches), Bonner Rd., Bromsgrove Rd. (several stretches), Brookhurst Rd. (several stretches), Lewisham Dr. (two stretches), Seagull Dr. (two stretches), Constitution Blvd. (several stretches), Queen Frederica Dr. (several stretches), Golden Orchard Dr. (two stretches), and Bay Villa Ave.

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Despite the residents’ concerns, City staff say that a majority of those who responded to the surveys seeking input on road safety approved of some type of traffic calming measures. An earlier report from the City’s Transportation and Works Commissioner, Geoff Wright, concluded that “majority support was received from each community as part of the consultation process for each of the recommended traffic calming locations.”

While input from residents is important, Mississauga officials have said that road safety is their primary consideration when determining where new traffic calming measures will be installed. The Traffic Calming Program assesses roadways for the potential installation of physical traffic calming measures to address traffic safety issues. Officials say traffic calming measures have been implemented in many locations across Mississauga, effectively mitigating speeding and aggressive driving.

The initiative is a part of Mississauga’s ongoing efforts to make the city’s streets safer and more accessible for all residents. The new traffic calming measures are expected to be installed over the coming months.

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