In the new Municipality of Central Elgin Traffic Calming Policy that was developed
by Central Elgin staff as written would seem to indicate that staff did a very thorough
job at showing the advantages and the disadvantages of many types of Traffic Calming
Measures. But I think that they forgot one of those types of Traffic Calming Measures
that we see so very often on our streets of Port Stanley.
In the very first statement in the background of the new Central Elgin Traffic Calming
Policy it states that: "The Municipality of Central Elgin is responsible for ensuring
its roadways and pedestrian facilities are safe for all users including motorists,
cyclists and pedestrians including those with accessibility needs." I find
that this bold statement should not have been included with any mention of pedestrian
facilities, as anyone in Port would surely agree that when it comes to certain parts
of Port Stanley any type of pedestrian facilities are either only partially available
or just not available at all.
Because of this shortage of pedestrian facilities people end up on the road walking
in any direction most of the time in front of traffic. Even in the areas with some
kind of pedestrian facilities, people use the road because the pedestrian facilities
are either being used for signs, extra seating, parking, being blocked, or just
Even though this method of people walking on the road seems to be an effective method
for reducing speeding vehicles I fear that this type of Traffic Calming Measure
is not the best type to use if pedestrian safety is considered, and is just an indication
that more effort has to be done to include space for pedestrian facilities in any
type of new or existing road network.