St Andrews Safety Improvements Project

There has been a high level of interest in the St Andrews Safety Improvements project. Learn more about the design in our Frequently Asked Questions (below).

We’re making improvements along St Andrews between Keith Road and 13th Street to slow driver speeds and improve safety for all road users. This section of St Andrews is a wide, local street that is well used by pedestrians, a designated bike route and an important connection to the Green Necklace, Lions Gate Hospital, Ridgeway Elementary School, and other area amenities. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why were changes made to St Andrews?

The St Andrews Safety Improvements Project was initiated in response to ongoing community feedback about excessive vehicle speeds on the street. To address these concerns, the City implemented a 30km/hr speed zone from Keith Road to 13th Street in the summer of 2020. Following the implementation, data collection showed that speeds had not significantly changed, indicating that further modifications were required. This project supports key actions identified in the City’s Mobility Strategy and Council’s Strategic Plan by reducing travel speeds to improve neighbourhood safety and livability. 

What was the engagement process?

In March 2021, the City launched a multi-phase public engagement process to gather insight from residents on their experience with speed, safety, and comfort on St Andrews. The most common theme that emerged was that excess vehicle speed is a concern. Based on what we heard, we developed a proposed design for St Andrews that addressed the issue of excess speed while achieving our design goal of creating a safer street for everyone. Learn more about the phases of engagement on our Let's Talk project page.

Why was a 30km/h speed zone introduced?

Reducing driver speeds to 30km/h or less has a significant impact on the safety and comfort of pedestrians and cyclists. When drivers travel at slower speeds, there is more time to react to avoid incidents. Should an incident occur with a pedestrian or cyclist, the probability of injury or death is significantly reduced. Slower speeds also reduce vehicle noise and the impact of cut-through traffic making a more livable neighbourhood.

Why is the road so narrow?

The original width of St Andrews was much wider than a typical residential street, making it easy for drivers to feel comfortable traveling over the posted speed limit. The modifications made to narrow the street are aligned with design best practices for a residential street and are consistent with the drivable width of neighbouring streets such as Ridgeway Avenue. A narrower street promotes a greater sense of speed awareness among drivers and forces drivers traveling in opposite directions to slow down, look ahead, and navigate around one another using pullout space at lanes and gaps in parking. These actions make drivers more aware of their surroundings including the presence of vulnerable road users, making the street safer and more comfortable for everyone.

Why is the bike lane so wide?

The width of the bike lane is a result of narrowing the drivable roadway space to influence driver speed. A secondary benefit of narrowing the roadway to achieve slower driver speeds is more space that can be used to enhance the safety of other road users by improving the quality of the City’s cycling network. As a designated bike route, the additional space created by narrowing the road was used to create an uphill bike lane. This protects cyclists and other mobility device users traveling uphill when the speed difference with drivers is greatest. Cyclists traveling southbound share the travel lane with other vehicles following the same procedure of navigating around others traveling in the opposite direction.

How is the street safer for pedestrians?

The addition of the bike lane acts as an extension of the curb and provides additional protection for pedestrians before they begin crossing the street, and where there is greatest risk of conflict with drivers. This shortens the actual crossing distance and decreases the amount of time that pedestrians spend in the street. A shorter crossing distance means less risk and greater safety. Sightlines have been measured from this crossing point to ensure pedestrians and drivers are visible to one another. 

Why did you modify the intersections?

The intersections on St Andrews have been modified to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians. Parking has been restricted near the corners to ensure pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers are all visible to one another. Slower speeds combined with reduced exposure to vehicles and good visibility make intersections safer and more comfortable for vulnerable road users to cross the street. When turning on or off St Andrews, drivers will need to take notice of the new street alignment and adjust where they initiate their turn. In most cases, this will mean slowing down to look ahead, and proceeding with the turn when it is safe.

What about emergency services?

The City has worked with emergency services staff on the design of the street to ensure their needs are met when responding to calls along the St Andrews corridor.

How about garbage and delivery trucks?

The St Andrews design takes into consideration the additional space needs for these types of vehicles to travel along and access the street.

Why not install more speed bumps?

Speed bumps are a tool for slowing traffic, but they also slow emergency response because they are an obstruction that can’t be moved. The City is selective about where they are applied and we minimize their use. In order for speed bumps to achieve the goal of slowing drivers along a sloped street like St Andrews, the frequency needed would be extremely prohibitive and costly.

Safety Improvements

During the consultation process, we heard from the community about how you travel along St Andrews and what safety improvements you felt were most important. The most common theme we heard was that excess vehicle speed is a concern. The community's input helped shape the project’s objective to develop a design for St Andrews that would encourage compliance with the posted speed limit and enhance safety for vulnerable road users.

St Andrews safety improvements map
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The design for St Andrews is shown below. Once complete, this section of St Andrews will include the following safety improvements:

  • Two raised crosswalks at intersections with high pedestrian volume on popular walking routes to school 
  • Northbound parking protected mobility lane with delineators
  • Narrower roadway requiring drivers traveling in opposite directions to slow down and navigate around one another using the pull out spaces along the street
  • Improved sightlines at intersections

St Andrews improvements map
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Project Updates

Thank you for your patience as we complete the St Andrews Safety Improvements project. 

The first phase of the project was completed in Fall 2021 and included sidewalk construction and raised crossings at East 8th and 9th Streets to improve pedestrian comfort and safety.

The final phase began in late July 2022 and includes installation of pavement markings to narrow the street and encourage slower driver speeds, and delineators at intersections to create more space near the corners and improve sightlines. Work is expected to be complete in the coming weeks.

Visit letstalk.cnv.org for more information, including previous phases of community engagement. 

 

Contact Info

Email: transportation@cnv.org

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