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Dec2017 ask the councillor: What are the rules around idling? What’s going on with the 730 & 760 Brant development? Can the pedestrian signal at Lakeshore/Torrance be moved to align with the intersection?

A.W. asks: What are the rules around idling?

Answer: Idling is enforced under the City’s current Parking and Idling Bylaw 39-2016, by Parking Enforcement Officers and Transportation Services.

Idling Enforcement is conducted both proactively and by complaint.  Any unattended vehicles idling in excess of 1 minute will be ticketed immediately.  If the vehicle is attended, the Officer will direct the occupant to turn off the vehicle and provide education.  If the request is not followed, the Officer will conduct enforcement.  There is zero tolerance for vehicle idling in excess of 1 minute.

Please be aware, there are several general exemptions to the bylaw:

“The provisions of this By-law shall not apply to Emergency Vehicles and any Vehicles while actually engaged in works, where the Vehicle is located, undertaken for or on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Burlington, the Regional Municipality of Halton, the Province of Ontario, the Federal Government of Canada or any Utility Vehicles providing service of gas, hydro or telecommunications.”

B.P. asks: What’s going on with the 730 & 760 development on Brant?

Answer: The 730 & 760 development is on hold while the company Cherishome Living reassess the economics of the project. The development received site plan approval and variances in early 2016. The proposal is for a new 4-story condominium at the corner of Brant/Olga, with retail along Brant. Part of the existing mall would be demolished to make way for the redevelopment.

Background on the proposed development is in the articles below:

Variances approved for 730/760 Brant

Public meeting notes and presentation

E.H. asks: Can the pedestrian signal at Lakeshore & Torrance be moved to align with the intersection and become a full vehicular signal?

Answer: Staff have reviewed this intersection to determine the warrant values for a new traffic signal at Lakeshore Road and Torrance Street. Based on this our latest data, the intersection does not meet any of the warrant criteria and therefore the installation of a new traffic signal is not warranted at this time. The warrant values are based on the following criteria:

• Total traffic volume using the intersection during the peak 8 hours of the day
• Delay for side street traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) to cross main street traffic
• The number of collisions susceptible to correction by a traffic signal, i.e. right-angle collisions.

Relocating and converting the pedestrian signal to a full signal at Torrance is certainly possible, however, we estimate the cost of such a move to be in the order of $80,000. Based on our analysis, westbound through traffic on Lakeshore Road, which is heaviest during the PM peak hour, from time to time, can impede left turns out of Torrance St and 2160 Lakeshore (directly opposite) when pedestrians activate the pedestrian signal. The delay to the number of motorists exiting Torrance St (which is lowest during this time period) however is not considered to be excessive. A review of the collision history indicates that three turning movement collisions have been reported since 2010, which would imply that the intersection is operating satisfactorily from a safety perspective. Therefore in staff’s opinion, this relocation cannot be justified.

With regards to the location of the existing pedestrian signal, the determining factor was the proximity to the S bend along Lakeshore Road when travelling eastbound. If the signal was originally installed at the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Torrance Street the signals would not be visible before entering the bend therefore, eastbound motorists would not have sufficient stopping distance which would result in an increase in rear-end collisions.

Any additional questions can be directed to: Bobby Popovich, Traffic Signal System Analyst, 905-335-7600 ext. 7549,

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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