Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program

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Traffic Calming

The Town has adapted a draft Traffic Calming Policy and Guide to provide a comprehensive process that addresses local neighbourhood traffic issues. The policy is intended to restore Town streets with identified problems, to their intended function through traffic calming measures and hence, preserve and enhance the quality of life in Midland. The guide does not apply to Highway 12 or County Road 93 as they are not owned by the Town.

Traffic calming is a combination of physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. Traffic calming measures combined with engineering, educational and enforcement tools can significantly improve the safety of neighbourhoods and roads. The primary purpose of traffic calming is to reduce high traffic speeds within residential neighbourhoods and to improve safety for all road users. Examples of traffic calming measures are: speed bumps, road diets and speed display signs.

Traffic calming, if used properly, will address identified operational traffic issues; however, it will also introduce some disadvantages to a residential neighbourhood after the project is complete. Some advantages and disadvantages are listed below.

Advantages:

  • Reduce vehicle speeds
  • Reduce traffic volumes
  • Reduce number of cut through vehicles

Disadvantages:

  • Potential increase in emergency vehicle response time
  • Could make it more difficult to get in and out of your neighbourhood every day
  • May shift or divert traffic onto neighbouring roadways

For complete details on the process please review the Draft Traffic Calming Policy and Guide for the Document Library. For further details please see the recorded information session in the "Videos" section from August 24th, 2021.

The Town welcomes feedback on the policy at anytime. Please provide all comments through the "I Suggest" section below.

Traffic Monitoring

If you've been driving around the Town of Midland you may have noticed that our Traffic Monitoring Trailer is out and about. The purpose of this trailer is to compile traffic speed and volume numbers through the town, and to also raise speed awareness and provide traffic calming. To view previous traffic reports from 2019 and 2021 please review the Document Library on this page, under the Draft Traffic Reports folder. These reports are an in depth review of each street the trailer has been placed at, showing graphs and charts comparing volumes, speeds and times.

The Traffic Monitoring Trailer will be stationed at known hot spots as well as school zones (once children are back in school). The data from this trailer will be used to help generate awareness campaigns, identify the need for more signage, traffic calming measure and possibly speed limit reductions.

The Town currently has a list of locations where the trailer will be located over the coming weeks/months, but would like to receive resident input regarding future locations. Below there are engagement tools that provide an opportunity to suggest locations where the Traffic Monitoring Trailer should be stationed to measure traffic speed and volume.

The Town's traffic monitoring trailer displaying a speed of 57 kilometres an hour.


The Traffic Monitoring Trailer is scheduled to be at these locations, in no particular order:

  • Fourth Street
  • Harbourview Drive
  • King Street
  • Hugel Avenue
  • William Street
  • Victoria Street
  • Aberdeen Boulevard
  • Yonge Street
  • Ottawa Street
  • Bayshore Drive

Do you have input of the Draft Policy or other suggestions as to where traffic should monitored?

You have two options for submitting suggestions below:

  • Map it Out - drop a pin on a map of Midland where you think the trailer should be stationed. You can upload images and add a description as to why you suggest this location (speed, volume, both?).
  • I Suggest... - You can provide input on the draft policy and provide a description of the location where the traffic monitoring trailer should be stationed around town (include the nearest intersections, reasons why you think this is a good location to monitor...speed, volume, both?).

All suggestions will be taken under consideration by the project team, and we thank everyone that participates!

Traffic Calming

The Town has adapted a draft Traffic Calming Policy and Guide to provide a comprehensive process that addresses local neighbourhood traffic issues. The policy is intended to restore Town streets with identified problems, to their intended function through traffic calming measures and hence, preserve and enhance the quality of life in Midland. The guide does not apply to Highway 12 or County Road 93 as they are not owned by the Town.

Traffic calming is a combination of physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. Traffic calming measures combined with engineering, educational and enforcement tools can significantly improve the safety of neighbourhoods and roads. The primary purpose of traffic calming is to reduce high traffic speeds within residential neighbourhoods and to improve safety for all road users. Examples of traffic calming measures are: speed bumps, road diets and speed display signs.

Traffic calming, if used properly, will address identified operational traffic issues; however, it will also introduce some disadvantages to a residential neighbourhood after the project is complete. Some advantages and disadvantages are listed below.

Advantages:

  • Reduce vehicle speeds
  • Reduce traffic volumes
  • Reduce number of cut through vehicles

Disadvantages:

  • Potential increase in emergency vehicle response time
  • Could make it more difficult to get in and out of your neighbourhood every day
  • May shift or divert traffic onto neighbouring roadways

For complete details on the process please review the Draft Traffic Calming Policy and Guide for the Document Library. For further details please see the recorded information session in the "Videos" section from August 24th, 2021.

The Town welcomes feedback on the policy at anytime. Please provide all comments through the "I Suggest" section below.

Traffic Monitoring

If you've been driving around the Town of Midland you may have noticed that our Traffic Monitoring Trailer is out and about. The purpose of this trailer is to compile traffic speed and volume numbers through the town, and to also raise speed awareness and provide traffic calming. To view previous traffic reports from 2019 and 2021 please review the Document Library on this page, under the Draft Traffic Reports folder. These reports are an in depth review of each street the trailer has been placed at, showing graphs and charts comparing volumes, speeds and times.

The Traffic Monitoring Trailer will be stationed at known hot spots as well as school zones (once children are back in school). The data from this trailer will be used to help generate awareness campaigns, identify the need for more signage, traffic calming measure and possibly speed limit reductions.

The Town currently has a list of locations where the trailer will be located over the coming weeks/months, but would like to receive resident input regarding future locations. Below there are engagement tools that provide an opportunity to suggest locations where the Traffic Monitoring Trailer should be stationed to measure traffic speed and volume.

The Town's traffic monitoring trailer displaying a speed of 57 kilometres an hour.


The Traffic Monitoring Trailer is scheduled to be at these locations, in no particular order:

  • Fourth Street
  • Harbourview Drive
  • King Street
  • Hugel Avenue
  • William Street
  • Victoria Street
  • Aberdeen Boulevard
  • Yonge Street
  • Ottawa Street
  • Bayshore Drive

Do you have input of the Draft Policy or other suggestions as to where traffic should monitored?

You have two options for submitting suggestions below:

  • Map it Out - drop a pin on a map of Midland where you think the trailer should be stationed. You can upload images and add a description as to why you suggest this location (speed, volume, both?).
  • I Suggest... - You can provide input on the draft policy and provide a description of the location where the traffic monitoring trailer should be stationed around town (include the nearest intersections, reasons why you think this is a good location to monitor...speed, volume, both?).

All suggestions will be taken under consideration by the project team, and we thank everyone that participates!

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Drop a Pin where the Traffic Trailer should go!

about 2 months

Do you have some ideas as to where the trailer should be stationed to measure traffic speed/volume? Areas in need of traffic calming measures?

Drop a pin on our map of Midland, and let us know that this area is one you'd like to see the Traffic Monitoring Trailer stationed at.

Page last updated: 20 September 2021, 09:24