Dundas Street Corridor Plans

I had some great conversations tonight with Burlington residents about the Halton Region’s proposed widening of Dundas Street. For those who were unable to attend, here is what was shared:

Below are my initial comments. Please post your questions and opinions. Together, I believe we can make the Dundas Street Corridor changes safer, more practical and reflective of the needs of Burlington residents.

QUESTIONS:

Why are the cross section and streetscape opportunities so different for the driver, cyclist or walker for Brant to Northampton (p14), Northampton to Appleby (p15), and Appleby to Bronte (p16)?

What is the difference between a “Bike Lane” and a “Cycle Track”?

Hasn’t experience taught us that separate bike lanes and sidewalks are far superior to the user than multi-use paths?

For Burlington, the highest volume of foot & bike traffic will be Northampton to Appleby (p15) and yet that section has the cycle track directly on the road! With one major connection and 6 bus stops in that section, this puts cyclists at tremendous risk every time a bus pulls over at a stop. The drawing of the cyclist approaching a bus pulled over at a stop highlights that danger.

Why can’t the bike lane be on the other side of the boulevard? Not one of the three sections offer this feature and yet I believe it is the safest, most superior design.

Why does the Raised Median need to be built so wide? 5.5 to 6.5m (18-21 ft) seems excessive. What is the purpose of the Raised Median? If it is for noise abatement, accomplished via the trees, can’t the width be decreased? There are many, many trees whose mature canopy width at the height of a truck that is less than 6.5m. If the purpose of the Raised Median is safety (ie to prevent u-turns and to decrease accidents from opposing traffic crossing the Raised Median), could that not be accomplished by more trees? What else might be the criteria for building a Raised Median? And therefore, what is the minimum Raised Median width required to meet those identified needs? I believe it is better to apply any extra width to the cyclist or pedestrian portion.

Why is the future HOV/Rapid Bus Travel lane 4.2m wide for Brant to Northampton but only 3.5m for the other two sections? When you consider the average width of a bus, why would the lane ever need to be 4.2m wide?

Why is the entire lighting system directed toward the road? Drivers are accustomed to little lighting on Dundas, but cyclists and pedestrians need better lighting to be safe. The plan shows no lighting for the sidewalks.

Why are there so many bus stops between west of Guelph Line? Do you plan to add traffic lights at each of those bus stops? If not, how will commuters returning home from the east be able to safely cross 6 lanes filled with tired, hungry drivers moving toward the sun?

Lastly, I’d like to talk about two major issues of concern to me, the trustee for Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS. One is the placement of a bus stop at Tim Dobbie and Dundas. The principal of Hayden worked with the City of Burlington to move a bus stop away from a similar location at the closest intersection to Nelson HS when she was principal there. That was the direct result of two students being hit by a car.

A driving issue for me since early 2010 when it was decided that the Halton District School Board, Burlington Public Library and City of Burlington would partner to build the Alton Complex has been pedestrian safety crossing Dundas St. Daily there are:

  • students crossing before & after school as well as twice during their lunch period
  • young parents with babies in strollers and walking tots crossing to attend toddler storytime at the library
  • young families crossing to use the wading pool at Norton
  • seniors crossing to take classes at the Haber Recreation Centre
  • tweens crossing to enjoy the Norton Skatepark

How long before a pedestrian is seriously injured crossing Dundas Road? Before the 2010 election, I met with candidate Blair Lancaster to present parents’ concerns about the safety of crossing Dundas Street. I asked that if she won the election, how committed would she be to this issue? I explained to her how to advocate for our community and bring the need for infrastructure to Halton Regional Council. She said she would. She did not.

In June 2013, two months before the opening of Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS/Haber Recreation Centre/Alton Library, the Halton Region released this document: Dundas Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Road Safety Audit. It does not address our community’s concerns for safety crossing Dundas Street.

The deadline for submitting comments on the Dundas Street Corridor Improvement Plan is Fri Jun 13th. Suggestions can be sent via mail, fax or email to either of the two Project Managers:

Jeffrey Reid, C.E.T., Project Manager

  • Halton Region, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON L6M 3L1
  • Phone: 905-825-6000 x7920
  • Fax: 905-825-3270
  • Email: jeffrey.reid@halton.ca

or Neil Ahmed, P.Eng., Project Manager

  • MMM Group, 2655 North Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5K 2P8
  • Phone: 905-823-8500
  • Fax: 905-823-8503
  • Email: ahmedn@mmm.ca

 

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