Wednesday, August 10, 2022

South London residents say the dangerous 2-way intersection is enough. Nation World News

Residents of London’s Old South neighborhood are petitioning the city of Ontario to set up four-way stops at a two-way intersection they say is dangerous.

Stay-at-home mom Ashley Culbert has been living at the corner of Duchess Avenue and Edward Street for more than a year. During that time, he noticed several near misses, and created an online petition after seeing a recent bump.

“I was at home and I was like an informal first responder,” Culbert said. “There was a woman who was injured and needed medical attention, but it scared me because just the day before, I was watering flowers with my kids. And if that was the case while we were standing there, So it would have gotten really bad.”

The area is generally busy as young families and children commute to and from school. Edward Street is also on a bus route.

The intersection is often confused for an all-way stop, Culbert said, leading to miscommunication to pedestrians and drivers alike. In a daily occurrence, she hears the sound of the drums breaking and the horn sounding.

Culbert’s petition received over 200 signatures in 24 hours, with personal stories reflecting his own experience.

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“With three young kids, I want to be able to stand in my front yard and feel safe, and that’s not the case,” she said.

John Balch and his wife have been advocating for the intersection since 1998, when their then 12-year-old son was nearly killed by a car.

The boy was driving home from a friend’s house when he was hit by a west-speeding delivery car on Duchess Avenue, driving him 30 feet (9 m) away. He was in a coma that night and passed away due to a serious brain injury.

“It seems unbelievable that this security threat has never been fixed,” Balch said. “A good part of it is that the neighborhood is saturated with four-way stops, but not here. Drivers are really surprised by this … the city needs to rid itself of the uncertainty.”

Too late to guarantee change in traffic data: city

To support the petition, Culbert has been in contact with the city on the matter and is in the process of collecting data on the number of incidents over the years.

Shane Maguire, Division Manager for Traffic Engineering, London, said current traffic data and collision data do not support the establishment of an all-way stop.

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However, the city will conduct a new traffic study, as the most recent was in October 2020 when traffic volumes were low.

In the meantime, the city will install signage to remind motorists that cross traffic does not stop, and is reducing the speed limit in local residential areas from 50 to 40 km/h.

“Our processes are based on data rather than anecdotal reports,” Maguire said. “That’s really the only way we can look at an intersection and compare it to other similar intersections.”

But even though the data might say that the number of actual collisions is small, the frequent brakes and honking of the horn tell another story, Balch said.

“It’s a combination of the pace going down the Duchess and people thinking it’s a four-way halt,” Balch said.

“If they’re just looking for the number of accidents there, they might not find the number they’re looking for. But any resident who lives there can tell you that it’s an ongoing accident waiting to happen. Is.”

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