Red light cameras for Collingwood?

traffic cameras
A small but very irate number of residents have broached with me the topic of installing red light cameras at Collingwood’s traffic intersections. I hadn’t really thought about it – except to acknowledge that traffic seems to be getting busier. I’ve seen traffic backed up for 500-1,000m at numerous intersections in town – even on weekday afternoons, and seen it enough times to recognize it is the future here.

More cars means an increase in the number of bad, inattentive or aggressive drivers will also go up. Although I don’t know if the percentage remains the same, the number of bad or aggressive drivers appears to be climbing.

In my own experience, it’s worse on Highway 26 than other streets, but that’s my own driving pattern – YMMV (your mileage may vary).

Are red light cameras the solution? After giving it some consideration, I tend to agree that at the very least they may help deter the worst drivers.

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More traffic woes

Traffic signalsAnother place we need a traffic signal in Collingwood is at Third and High. On busy days – and there are many more of them now than ever – it’s almost impossible to turn left from Third onto High Street.

Today, for example, while I was driving around town, I found myself one of eight cars lined up waiting for the first one to turn left. Even turning right into oncoming traffic at that intersection is difficult because of the volume and speed of the traffic.

There is currently a light at the Home Depot entrance, but that only operates when cars are in the Home Depot’s entrance trying to get out. Otherwise it doesn’t slow or stop the traffic along High St.

That light was supposed to be moved south to Third once Third Street was extended through to the west (that, as I recall, also depended on the industrial property to the west of Home Depot being developed… but that’s years away). Third is supposed to become a major east-west route like Sixth Street,  extending all the way to the Tenth Line sometime in the future.

However, the traffic on High Street is already busy enough to warrant a move of the signals now. Anyone who travels Third Street west can see that the traffic queuing to get onto High Street is getting out of hand. 

When I am Deputy Mayor, I will ask staff to give council some options about moving that light – or even installing a separate, timed traffic signal at Third and High to alleviate this bottleneck.

Traffic lights on Highway 26

Traffic signalsAfter looking at the increased volume of traffic on Highway 26 in the recent weeks, I have become convinced we need a set of signal lights between the Pretty River Parkway and the Blue Shores/Pilkington lights. I suggest Elliot Street might be the best location, although that would have to be confirmed by local residents.

I don’t know how anyone can turn left from any of the streets along the water side when the highway is that busy. It’s hard enough trying to turn right into the traffic flow – there are so many cars travelling so quickly there’s hardly room for another one!

Yes, I know: there are so many cars everywhere in town, especially on weekends. But the highway traffic is  denser and faster than the side streets. And in winter it will be especially tricky, what with snow, ice and snowbanks that obscure lines of sight.

I realize that the Ministry of Transport has many rules and regulations about erecting signals on its highways, and that the town can’t simply put them up on its own. I realize that the town would need to conduct the appropriate traffic warrant study before it can lobby the MOT. But I think it should be done  quickly – so that, if successful, a set of signals could be installed before next summer’s visitor trade starts to build.

I would also like to consider putting the lights at Blue Shores on a timer permanently, so that they stop traffic and calm the flow periodically. This would help until the new signals at Elliot Street are installed.