City of Barrie seeking resident feedback about road safety

Consultation includes questions about traffic calming locations and speed reductions

Courtesy of the City of Barrie

From now until August 31, the city wants to hear from Barrie residents on road safety in their neighbourhoods and across the city, and how it might be improved.

The city is committed to the safe movement of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists throughout Barrie. The city’s Traffic Services team does this using a number of tools, including traffic calming tools, and traffic and speed monitoring.

As part of Barrie City Council’s strategic plan to create safer streets, council approved a motion to create an online survey to poll residents on road safety and speed changes in the city. The purpose is to gain feedback from residents as to whether they are in favour of a city-wide reduction or solely a reduction in residential areas, along with further questions that may help identify specific streets of concern with respect to road safety and speeding.

The city wants to gain resident feedback about road safety in the community, and this will be done using the following methods:

  • map where residents can place a ‘pin’ to identify an area they think would benefit from a traffic calming measure (temporary speed cushion, radar board, etc.) or a speed reduction.
  • A five-question survey that asks citizens to share their thoughts about speed limits, the effectiveness of traffic safety measures, and other road safety concerns.

Feedback received from this tool will be incorporated into a staff report in late 2021 that will consider future traffic calming initiatives, potential speed reductions and other road safety programs for Council’s consideration. The consultation will also help inform City staff of possible locations for temporary speed cushions in 2022.

Visit buildingbarrie.ca/RoadSafety for more information and to share your feedback. The deadline to submit input is August 31, 2021.

For more information on the City’s traffic-calming measures, visit barrie.ca/traffic.