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In the past, neighbourhood transportation issues were addressed on a less effective case-by-case basis. The City of Saskatoon started Neighbourhood Traffic Reviews so that traffic engineers had the opportunity to consider the traffic patterns of a neighbourhood holistically.
Each year, approximately 8 neighbourhoods are selected based on prioritization criteria that considers outstanding traffic concerns, number of collisions, existing traffic calming measures, age and stage of development of the neighbourhood, and regional representation across the city.
A complete list of the Neighbourhood Traffic Reviews undertaken to date is available at saskatoon.ca/NTR.
A neighbourhood traffic review begins with an initial community meeting, typically held between January and June, to engage area residents and hear about their transportation concerns. The Transportation Division then adds this feedback to existing data (i.e. previously reported concerns), and proceeds to collect data, such as traffic volumes, speed and pedestrian studies, and site observations. The data is compiled, reviewed and a list of recommendations is generated. The traffic plan, including signage and traffic calming measures, is presented to residents at a second meeting (typically held between September and December of the same year). Following the second meeting, the plan is finalized and presented to Committee/Council.
Once a plan is finalized, the measures are implemented:
- Signage may be installed as early as the spring or summer after the report is finalized (pedestrian crosswalks, no parking, stop and yield, speed signs)
- Traffic calming measures may be temporarily installed as early as the spring or summer after the report is finalized, until proven effective. If proven effective, the measures will be installed permanently when funding is available.
- Sidewalks or any other permanent measures may be installed when funding is available.
On November 1, 2018, community residents were invited to review the draft neighbourhood plan and its recommendations.
On May 1, 2018, an initial meeting was held with the community to discuss traffic issues and concerns in the Forest Grove neighbourhood.