Rural Road Safety in Countryside

Update: On January 27, 2015 Kingston City Council voted unanimously
(13 - 0) in support of the motion below, showing their united support to safety and active transportation in Countryside. This is a first step in towards for a Kingston that includes Countryside.

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hile campaigning, I heard from many of you on your doorsteps about road safety, for drivers, for pedestrians, and for cyclists.  As a first step, I am bringing the following motion to Council on Tuesday night: 

Moved by Councillor Allen 
Seconded by Councillor Boehme 

Whereas roads in Kingston’s rural area are primarily arterial, lack in transit provisions, and offer few options for alternate routes to connect to the city as a whole; 

Whereas recent years have seen significant increases in both the volume and speed of road users on these routes, increasing the level of risk for travelers along these routes, and at intersections along these routes; 

Whereas Countryside contains smaller communities that would benefit from active modes of transportation, and require considerations and/or infrastructure to ensure safe, enjoyable routes; 

Therefore Be It Resolved That staff evaluate opportunities in Kingston’s rural area for increasing overall road safety, Pedestrian and vehicle safety at intersections, identify opportunities for active transportation connections within the smaller communities that comprise the rural area and report back to Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Policies (EITP) Committee in Q3 2015.

This motion directs our city staff to identify key opportunities, in our district, for intersection improvements, infrastructure improvements, and when appropriate, improvements that support active transportation.

If the motion is successful, the results of this study will come back to Council through committee, likely both through Rural Affairs and the EITP Committee.  The important thing to note about committee meetings is that members of the public are invited to speak to items in addition to staff and council, an important distinction to make from the regular Tuesday council meetings.  In this way, you can voice support or supply additional information to staff before the final report is received by Council.  

You can send your feedback or considerations through me by email or phone, both of which are always welcome.