New traffic signals have been installed on King Street at Lower University Avenue as part of the City’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety in this area.
About 18,000 vehicles a day travel along this busy stretch of King Street by the park and Kingston General Hospital.
“Pedestrians and cyclists need the traffic signal so they can safely cross the street between the park and the hospital. This area is increasingly well-used by students and the many who work and visit the area and it’s hoped the improvements to Breakwater Park will draw even more to use the waterfront trail,” says Deanna Green, manager, traffic division.
The new traffic signals are the most recent of a number of efforts to make the waterfront area more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists crossing King Street. In the last couple of years, the City has also installed traffic signals for pedestrians on King Street at the Isabel Bader Performing Arts Centre and on Albert Street and upgraded an existing Courtesy Crosswalk to a new legal pedestrian crossover directly in front of the hospital.
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The changes are in line with the aims of Walk’n’Roll, the City’s Active Transportation Master Plan now under development, which includes a direction to enhance safety, connectivity and accessibility on the City’s pedestrian and cycling network.
While some vehicle delays are inevitable when pedestrians are prioritized, Green notes that the City has made some recent adjustments to the new traffic signal to help traffic flow more smoothly.
The City is also now working on a Vision Zero Road Safety Plan to identify the most critical road safety issues in Kingston. The plan will establish targets, policies and a 20-year action plan to work toward the elimination of all fatal and serious-injury collisions and all collisions of any severity with vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Photo (Breakwater Park at King and L. University): Google
Release source: City of Kingston