Here’s How Burlington is Working to Make Neighbourhoods in the City Safer
Burlington is actively working to make neighbourhoods within the city safer.
According to a recent blog post on Mayor Marianne Meed Ward’s website, on May 25, 2019, city council approved a direction to implement a ‘Lawn Sign Road Safety Campaign.’ The goal of this campaign is to promote safe driving on neighbourhood streets.
The city, according to the blog post, is encouraging residents to post a ‘Please Slow Down’ lawn sign on their property to promote safe driving habits, and to lower vehicle operating speeds on neighbourhood streets.
The signs are available free of cost to residents who are interested.
In order to obtain a lawn sign, residents can visit the Service Burlington counter at City Hall (426 Brant St.) on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
And in regards to placing the signs, residents are required to ensure that they do not create any sight line obstruction or hazards for drivers.
In addition, as noted in the blog post, the lawn signs must:
- be set-back a minimum of 0.6 meters (2 feet) from curb or edge of the roadway;
- not obstruct the travelled portion of the roadway, median, traffic island, sidewalk, bicycle path, or multi-use trail
- be inserted into the ground using the wire frame only
- be placed where it will not obstruct sight lines for pedestrians, cyclists or drivers
- be placed as supplied and without further illumination or the use of reflective tape
This campaign is one that Meed Ward supports.
“I am supportive of what staff have laid out in their report for this program and believe this campaign can only make our roads safer,” Meed Ward said in a statement. “Thank you to any and all the residents who take part in this program and help make it a success. I look forward to hearing your feedback in the future staff report on this program.”
As mentioned, residents who participate in the campaign will have the opportunity to share their thoughts (by participating in a voluntary survey) on it either later this year or early next year.
The feedback that is gathered from the survey will be presented to council at a future date.
Graphic is courtesy of Meed Ward’s blog post.
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