Councillor Don Palmer Providing Local Leadership & Working for You

Refer also my blog of 24 May.

As noted in our recent joint newsletter my co-councillor Jennie Boisvert and I had requested that the cost of a comprehensive traffic management program be conducted in the Black Forest area south of Forest Avenue.

A number of residents in Byron Road subsequently handed Jennie a petition that they had previously prepared concerning investigating options to replace the single lane slow points as part of the traffic management plan. I see they also got Messenger Press attention.

Council Staff have subsequently conducted a speed survey on Byron Rd (this month) and have recorded an 85% speed of 46.4km/h compared with 47.2km/h in 2007 just after installation of the slow points.  This compares with speed in July 2006 when 85% was 54.4km/h.
The installed devices have clearly reduced the speed although not to legal levels.
Alternatives that can be looked at, when we consult with affected residents, would be either to incorporate a speed hump within the slow points or replace with speed humps. 
If this were done then Addison Road should probably be done simultaneously to avoid transfer of traffic and the traffic management plan should recognise this.