22 May 1998
To: North York Community Council
From: Jim Kinrade,
Commissioner of Transportation
Subject:Traffic Management Plan: Dane Avenue
North York Spadina
Purpose:This report addresses the results of the test of traffic calming measures on Dane Avenue, approved by North
York Council on May 14, 1997.
Source of funds:
All costs associated with this report are included within the department's 1998 operating budget.
1.That the traffic management plan previously approved by North York Council, for a test period, be removed;
2.That staff of the Works and Emergency Service Department implement three speed humps, in accordance with Council
Policy, for a test period;
3.That staff of the Works and Emergency Services Department continue to work with the residents of Dane Avenue
during implementation of the test; and
4.That staff of the Works and Emergency Service Department report back to Council, within six months after
implementation, on their effectiveness in controlling vehicle speeds
North York Council, at its meeting of May 14, 1997 by resolution No. 97 - 11 approved a six month test of the traffic
management plan proposed by the appointed traffic work group and supported by staff. In accordance with the traffic
calming Policy staff were directed to report back to Council regarding the effectiveness of the test in improving traffic
safety. Residents have subsequently requested that the test be removed and speed humps implemented.
Comments and/or Discussions and or Justification:
On July 15,1997 the Transportation Department completed the installation of a program to test the traffic calming
measures recommended by the Traffic Work Group and supported by the residents, as presented to them at a public
meeting, and subsequently approved by North York Council.
These measures consisted of four sets of "chicanes" and a median "gateway", just east of Dufferin Street. Several other
types of traffic control measures were suggested by the community and reviewed by the Work Group, such as stop signs,
turn restrictions, reduced speed limits, continuous police enforcement and a pedestrian crossover. For a variety of reasons,
as reviewed by the residents during the process, these were rejected as viable options for the management of traffic. "Speed
humps" were not considered as an option at that time as they were not allowed for use within the Traffic Calming Policy.
Throughout the test period the department monitored traffic, responded to residents concerns and made modifications to
the measures as was deemed appropriate. Numerous complaints were received regarding the aesthetics of the planters used
to simulate the ultimate traffic calming measures. No functional or safety concerns were determined to exist by the
department and snow clearing road maintenance, garbage collection and emergency services were carried out throughout
the test with no effect on service or safety.
Traffic speeds and volumes were recorded throughout the test and indicate that volumes have remained consistent while
vehicle speeds were reduced by as much as 10%, as a result of the traffic calming measures.
Throughout the implementation of the traffic management plan, the policy for the evaluation and monitoring of traffic
calming was followed. The plan was presented and approved by the affected residents prior to implementation of the test.
Upon completion of the test a direct mail questionnaire was sent to the residents of Dane Avenue where they were
requested to vote on the permanent installation of the plan. The results of the questionnaire determined that 18.5% of the
affected residents indicated their consensus for the permanent installation of the plan, 18.5% requested modifications ,
while 37.0% requested the test be removed with no further action.
Former Councillor Frank DiGiorgio, at that time, requested that the temporary gateway remain. At a recent meeting of the
residents held by Councillor Moscoe, the residents have requested that this gateway be removed permanently and that three
speed humps be implemented as a six month test.
North York Community Council at its meeting of May 14, approved a report which recommended that when speed humps
are selected as a traffic calming measure they be installed in accordance to the stipulations of the Traffic Calming Policy.
This approach has been followed with respect to this request and speed humps are deemed an appropriate measure to
address vehicle speeds and traffic safety for Dane Avenue
The cost to implement this traffic management plan as a permanent feature is $10,000.00, which will cover the cost of the
Michael J. Frederick, Director of Operations, 395-7484