Presentations

Jane Farquharson of Bunt & Associates led the group through a PowerPoint presentation of the technical definitions of traffic calming,  and specifics of vertical and horizontal deflection strategies.

The benefits of various street calming measures (chicanes, curb bulges, raised intersections, surface treatments and road narrowing) were explained in relation to the resident concerns expressed in the Meeting Notes from March 14  meeting.

These various measures and concepts for traffic calming were examined in relation to appropriate application to the particular situation of Fullerton Avenue, in light of existing traffic volumes and present street deficiencies.

The question of a specific speed target for vehicles along Fullerton was discussed, with various criteria examined, including volume and first responders/emergency requirements.  The balance between vehicle and pedestrian priorities was exchanged among participants.  Overall the committee felt that an average speed of 20 kms/hr was desirable.  It was noted that this was a speed achieved on other traffic calming projects within the DNV.

It was noted that in a stopwatch test conducted by two residents, a series of nine runs at various speeds (30, 50 and 70 kms/hr)  resulted in times of only 10-12 seconds shorter trips overall (Woodcroft guardhouse to Capilano) at the highest test speed over travelling at the posted 30 kms/hr speed.

The need for maintaining 4 lanes at the eastern end of Fullerton for turning lanes and other uses was reinforced.

Bike and pedestrian access to the GVRD park trail on the north east side of the Woodcroft Bridge, is also a concern.   Jane mentioned that she would contact the GVRD to get an update on their plans for the park.

Contacts between Greg Paris, GVRD Parks and Jane Farquharson were subsequently put place.

Mary Chan Yip of PMG Landscape Architects followed from Janes’s remarks with details of how various landscape elements reinforce the driver’s natural tendency to slow when faced with a shortened sight line s, vertical objects such as trees and narrowed passages.   it was felt that increased pedestrian space achieved through parking bays and curb bulges offered excellent opportunities for pedestrian amenities, such as benches and flowerbeds.

The use of medians or a traffic circle at  Belle Isle to maintain lane guidance at this critical highest attained speeds portion of Fullerton also offered opportunities for plantings that would enhance the overall quality feel of the improved streetscape.  Ornamental trees, such as flowering cherry or apple were seen as desirable for their colour and blossoms.

The issue of parking of commercial vehicles from Woodcroft along the south side of Fullerton from Belle Isle to Capilano was discussed in depth (see Meeting Notes March 14).  The presence of these vehicles (including school buses and repair trucks) was seen to have a broad detrimental effect on the neighbourhood, including large amounts of jettisoned rubbish and furniture items, drug dealing , personal safety and general disregard for the residents and neighbourhood.

A broad consensus was expressed that the existing Fullerton southside parking met no needs of local neighbourhood residents and should be eliminated entirely, other than for appropriate spaces for short term disabled vehicles parking.

The public space obtained at this section would be of high value to residents living in the condo and rental units – especially for seniors, providing much needed space for rest and social interaction.

In order to eliminate the follow-on displacement of these same vehicles onto adjacent resident streets it was felt that a coincidental program of parking restrictions be instituted on adjacent streets (Belle Isle, McLallen,Sandown Place).   It was noted that these types of measures perform best when monitored by local residents of a particular street.

Next steps were discussed relative to preliminary sketch plans.  General agreement was to meet with DNV staff prior to initiating preliminary sketches.

Meeting concluded with plan for liaison meeting with DNV Traffic staff, DNV Planning, traffic and landscape consultants and interested committee members.  Meeting set for April 5, 9:00 AM, District Hall

Meeting concluded at 9:00 PM, with participants engaging in informal conversations on related matters.

Note to participants:  Please send any additional point items to dougcurran@shaw.ca or inclusion in April 5 meeting

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