North End Neighbours (NEN) was disappointed to learn that Burlington East and James Streets are not to be included 30K/hr speed limit for the North End. In the OMB decision, delivered on December 27, 2012 the OMB ruled that the City's Traffic Management Plan was preferred. NEN had appealed the Traffic Management Plan to the OMB.
Final arguments took place August 2011.
However, there were many positive aspects to the decision. We will have traffic calming on our local residential streets, and a number of calming measures throughout the neighbourhood.
Our major focus was always the vitality of our neighbourhood and the safety of the people who live here. We continue to want to label our community as a “Child and Family-Friendly Neighbourhood”.
This plan will have a real impact on our community, and on the City of Hamilton. We are excited to begin!
The OMB found that traffic can have a major impact on the health and safety of our families, especially our children. The OMB decision states that efforts should be made to improve streetscaping and signage as soon as possible “to create the atmosphere of a child and family-friendly community” and that NEN should be given an opportunity to provide input into the process.
In it's conclusion, the OMB stated “. . . it is important to start at once to implement selected measures in order to convey to drivers that they are entering into a different environment where slower speeds and deference to pedestrians is required. Drivers must be given the message that they are potentially in conflict with children and that they must drive in a slower and more cautious manner. Drivers should be induced to feel they are participating in protecting the safety of pedestrians, especially children.”
In summary, we got:
· 5 year pilot project
· 30 K on all residential streets with calming measures
· NEN on the implementation, review and analysis team.
· Start up "at once"
· Recognition that a message needs to be given to drivers.
· Recognition that we are a vital Child and Family Friendly Community.
The OMB report recognizes that many people from our neighbourhood who would be directly affected came and spoke at the public session in November 2010.
A meeting was held on January 15 to discuss the decision and implementation of the plan. Over 60 residents attended. Lawyer Herman Turkstra explained the OMB decision and pointed out particular sections.
Councilor Farr explained moving forward with staff at the City. A few residents expressed concerns and many residents expressed ideas on priorities. NEN will be working with Councillor Farr on implementing with continual feedback and monitoring from residents, whose ideas are important as we move forward.
Please go to our website page: Traffic Management Plan and fill in the “survey” and give your opinion. Or phone or email NEN.
A big thanks goes to all our members and residents who have worked on this project over the last 10 years devoting many, many hours to meetings and research of traffic calming on behalf of our beloved North End. Many areas of the city will be watching our progress.