The Traffic Committee has been busy working hard for our community over the past year and wanted to update Wildwood residents on current implementations and proposals, and to clarify some misinformation. As a committee, we work towards resolving issues involving traffic and bus route concerns brought forth by the residents of Wildwood. We make every attempt to address and resolve any, and all, issues we receive from members of our community. Unfortunately, as a volunteer committee with limited time and resources, we may not be able to resolve all issues initiated by residents. However, we do our best to prioritize and come up with solutions for as many issues as time permits.
Bus Route 93
In June 2013, the committee received notification that Calgary Transit was considering removing Bus Route 93 from Windermere Road and running it two ways along 45 Street. This route was proposed by Calgary Transit to the committee prior to the implementation of the West LRT, however, was rejected by the committee. The recent proposal to change Route 93 was not initiated by the Traffic Committee. Based on feedback from the residents, the route will continue to run one way along Windermere Road. Following are the proposals made by the Traffic Committee to Calgary Transit based on resident feedback over the last year:
- Shuttle buses to replace full-sized buses along our leg of Route 93 (including Spruce Cliff) based on numerous complaints of noisy and consistently empty buses traveling through Wildwood. This is increasingly impacting the residents who live along the bus route (Spruce Drive, 45
Street and Windermere Road). Since the West LRT implementation, residents of Wildwood are now able to travel to either the 45th Street Station or Westbrook Station, both of which will take a rider downtown or further west. As there are now two options and two routes within our neighborhood, there is not currently a need for full size buses.
- A request has been made to sever us from Route 93 and provide our community alongside Spruce Cliff with a route that meets our ridership demand that represents our demographic. Currently Wildwood is appended to the end of Route 93, which services communities to the west that have a high ridership demand. As a result, the frequency and size of buses reflects those communities’ needs and not that of Wildwood’s. Moreover, we have additional empty buses traveling through our neighborhood both during the week and on the weekends than we previously had with the former Routes 17 and 53.
Calgary Transit has proposed the following in response to our concerns: starting September 2013, Route 93 will use smaller community shuttle buses on weekdays after 6 pm and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
Any further concerns and/or suggestions regarding Route 93 should be directed to Calgary Transit (403) 262-1000 and/or the Traffic Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please report any bus infractions (manner in which bus is being driven, e.g. too fast, rough stops and starts, obeying traffic laws, not maintaining schedule, bus shelter, zone maintenance, etc.) to Calgary Transit. (See p. 9 for the results of Calgary Transit’s feedback process regarding Route 93 changes – the Traffic Committee did not have involvement in the process other than receiving information.)
The Traffic Committee has received numerous complaints from residents regarding speeding and high traffic volumes. We are looking at various traffic calming initiatives in our neighborhood and are working alongside the City of Calgary for direction and implementation. The committee is currently pursuing or exploring the following initiatives:
- 45th Street and Spruce Drive Intersection – Stop Signs vs. Traffic Circle: This intersection has been identified as a problem area by both the Traffic committee and residents of Wildwood. An official petition was completed regarding the request for traffic calming at this location. The committee has received letters over the past 16 months concerning the placement of four-way (all-way stop/ multi- stop) stop signs at this intersection. The committee worked alongside the City of Calgary to determine the best options.Overwhelmingly, traffic-calming research advises that four-way stops should not be used as traffic calming devices in residential neighborhoods. A few findings from multiple studies include:
- Multi-way stops do not reduce speeds on residential streets.
- Stop signs increase noise in the vicinity of the intersection.
- Special police enforcement of multi-way stop signs has limited effectiveness. This has been called the ‘halo’ effect, as drivers will obey ‘unreasonable’ laws as long as a police presence is visible.
- Please refer to the document link: “Multi-way Stops – the Research Shows the MUTCD is Correct!” W. Martin Bretherton Jr.,P.E.(M).
- Additional research on stop signsBased on the research, the committee is pursuing a traffic circle at the intersection of 45 Street and Spruce Drive in an attempt to alleviate the issues at this intersection. The value of roundabouts in school zones is exemplified in the following document: www.alaskaroundabouts.com/lineville_roundabout_study.pdfTo summarize the article, “In addition to lowering vehicle speeds, roundabouts make intersections safer for pedestrians of all ages by minimizing conflicts, eliminating crashes caused by drivers disregarding red lights and stop signs.”
- Traffic Calming on Spruce Drive: We are working with City of Calgary for the best solutions to alleviate speeding along this roadway. The committee has requested more police presence but additional measures are needed to slow drivers down along this road. Please note that a significant number of speeders are local traffic.
- Traffic Calming on Windermere Road (west of 45 Street): need to mitigate shortcutting to Edworthy Park.
- Traffic calming at 45 Street & Woodlark and 45 Street & Wildwood Drive: working with City of Calgary for best solutions for these intersections.
- ISLOW Signs (Interactive Speed Limit Observation and Warning System solar powered signs used to alert motorists if they are driving faster than the posted speed limit): three locations proposed – two signs along Spruce Drive and one sign on 45 Street south of Spruce Drive – to remind motorists to slow down.
- Bow Trail and 45 Street Intersection: this intersection has poor traffic flow, as there is no turning light on the north or south side of Bow Trail – yet the traffic is significant, more so since the implementation of the West LRT. The City needs to assess this intersection during peak hours.
Please contact the Traffic Committee with concerns or suggestions regarding traffic issues and concerns in our community at email@example.com. It is also beneficial to contact the City of Calgary with any concerns, as the committee needs a strong voice and without community support, change is difficult to achieve.