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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

Landscape architect and traffic consultant in attendance!  Be there!

Kim and Doug met last week with Tom Lancaster to review concerns and comments derived from the 1st FATSIC meeting. 

Along with looking over the meeting notes, Tom emphasized the need for maintaining sufficient lanes and width at the Capilano and Fullerton intersection.  Turning lanes onto Fullerton from Capilano and for vehicles exiting the mid village “Woonerf” street running north /south the centre of the proposed Village Centre need to be accommodated.

The need for four lanes at Capilano and Fullerton can be decreased to two further westward, allowing for parking bays and curb bulges to passively reduce speeds.

Here is a link to images of excellent range of images of speed humps

https://www.google.ca/search?q=traffic+calming&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=568&prmd=imvnslb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=pvRoT_6PH8SiiQKI9-2jBw&ved=0CGQQsAQ#q=traffic+calming&hl=en&sa=X&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnslb&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=6fd0a5fe6cb81bd7&biw=1113&bih=652

Fullerton Avenue Traffic & Streetscape Improvement Committee

It is well recognized that streets have social and recreational functions which are severely impaired by car traffic. A well designed streetscape is integral to the vitality of a community, promoting pedestrian activity, reducing crime and enhancing appreciation of the character of the location.

During the OCP conceptual planning process for the Lower Capilano Village Centre, the need for both traffic calming and streetscape improvements to both Fullerton Avenue and Curling Road were widely recognized as essential to enhance public safety and the pedestrian experience on these streets.

Studies have found that residents of streets with light traffic had, on average, three more friends and twice as many acquaintances as the people on streets with heavy traffic which was otherwise similar in dimensions, income, etc.

Given these factors and our local conditions, and discussion with DNV staff, the executive board of the Capilano Gateway Association has formed the Fullerton Avenue Traffic and Streetscape Committee (FATSIC)to develop community views on the impact of traffic and the adjacent physical environment, and to develop a implementable plan for redevelopment, working with DNV staff and in partnership with owner/developers involved in planning the Lower Capilano Village Centre.

Resource Links to Traffic Calming Solutions

Traffic calming    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_calming

Roundabouts and Diverters   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout

Traffic island Gardens   http://www.urbangardensweb.com/2011/09/20/urban-citizens-traffic-island-garden/

Vancouver’s Crown Street, below SW Marine has been rebuilt to reduce vehicle speeds, improve the pedestrian experience and direct rainfall away from storm drains into the soil, improving the natural soil and hydrological balance.

The single lane portions of this street are only 10.5 ft wide, the two lane portions are 22 ft. wide.

You can read more about the plan and its component features here:

http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/streets/design/crown.htm

Thanks for coming to our Fullerton Improvement blogsite.  Feel free to add items, comments, links to resources to help create a reborn Fullerton Avenue.  More pix and resource links to come soon.

What can you contribute?  Most importantly your impressions and reactions to the present day Fullerton Avenue.  How does it make you feel?

Not a traffic expert?  Not important, that’s why we have planners and designers on board to respond to your input

Don’t think you have a solution?  As a resident it’s not expected for you to offer a solution.  We will use your experience of the street and environment to construct a positive outcome through collaboration with the designers.

Think and focus on what you would like to see, how you would like to feel when walking or crossing Fullerton Avenue. Don’t worry about not being sure of how to get there!”

Email: cagatewayassoc@gmail.com