Rosedale residents’ stop-and-go attitude towards the recently installed traffic signs in their neighbourhood has left city staff “confused,” a Toronto city councillor claims.
In July, says Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, two new stop signs were put up along a stretch of Glen Road at the intersections of Roxborough Drive and Binscarth Road to slow down vehicles travelling over the posted speed limit of 40 km/h.
But just two weeks after they were installed,Wong-Tam says, the North Rosedale Residents’ Association requested they be taken down.
“It’s a little bit unusual for a residents’ association to lobby so hard for stop signs and then to ask us to take it out,” she said Sunday.
CBC Toronto reached out to North Rosedale Residents’ Association but did not receive a response.
Over half of drivers speed on Glen Road
The proposal for the all-way stop signs was tabled this past May, after a study by transportation services staff two years ago found 57 per cent of the 4,500 vehicles travelling the road daily were exceeding the speed limit.
The study found that stop signs weren’t needed, but the city put them up anyway with the urging of the resident’s association.
That’s because, according to the residents’ association’s website, it’s difficult and dangerous to cross Glen Road at various spots due to poor visibility created by badly configured intersections and speeding.
‘I don’t think the city is acting responsibly. I don’t think they’re listening to the community.’
– John Duras, resident
“We wanted to be proactive and not wait until there is an injury or death to pursue a solution,” says the website for the North Rosedale Residents’ Association.
But the group has since changed its stance.
Stop sign amplified safety issues, resident says
That’s in part because some residents say they weren’t consulted about the change.
Blake Acton is one of them. Acton has been living in Rosedale for the last 10 year and says he hasn’t heard of many who wanted the stop sign in the first place.
“Prior to this, the traffic would drive-by at a reasonable rate and they would go where their destination is. Now it seems we’re clogging up the intersection and people are becoming angry, horns are honking, tires are screeching,” he said.