Online Meeting: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – 6pm
The Town of Gibsons is dedicated to making active transportation a safe and comfortable experience for all community members.
We are currently developing traffic-calming measures for Glassford Road and Gower Point Road near Dougall Park (see image, left), and we’d like to hear from you.
On Gower Point Road, traffic calming measures could include curb bulges and paint markings.
On Glassford Road, there are a number of options under consideration, including speed humps, traffic calming bulges, road closures, signage and pavement markings.
Please join this online meeting to learn more about active transportation in Gibsons and to share your thoughts on the potential improvements for the Glassford neighbourhood.
On June 7, 2022, following a presentation by a neighbourhood youth delegation, Council resolved that Glassford Road remain closed, but that the barricades be relocated from the top of Glassford (at Gower Point Road) to north of Blain Lane (as indicated by the red bar, right). Additionally, the speed limit on surrounding roads will be lowered to 30km/hr.
The closure of that section of Glassford Road reflects the needs of the local residents, which include approximately 30 children who use the space as a play area. The changes will also enable cyclists to travel more safely through Lower Gibsons.
Moving forward, the Town will consult with the community on the development of a long-term Active Transportation Plan, which will include a review of traffic-calming measures on Glassford Road and Gower Point Road.
In July 2020, a petition was presented to Council asking that traffic-calming measures be considered for Glassford Road, which is home to many families with small children.
In order to reduce speed and to make the road safer for all users, a closure of the south end of Glassford Road, where it meets Gower Point Road near Franklin Road, was proposed.
In June 2021, two online community meetings and a dedicated survey were conducted to receive feedback on a proposed trial closure of Glassford Road at Gower Point Road. A total of 126 people completed the survey, with a majority (68%) of those who live on Glassford Road saying they were in favour of a trial closure.
Accordingly, on July 20 2021, Council passed a resolution to implement a six-month trial closure of Glassford Road at Gower Point Road. Read the related Staff Report:07-20-2021 here.
After that, and depending on the findings and related costs, additional traffic calming measures (such as a reduced speed limit and the introduction of physical measures such a speed cushions) may be implemented.
On January 11, 2022, Dave Newman, Director of Infrastructure Services provided a verbal report to Council on the Glassford Road trial closure. According to traffic counts conducted in December 2021:
- Traffic on Glassford Road fell by 66% (as compared to counts conducted prior to the closure)
- Traffic on Gower Point Road increased by 17%
- Traffic on Dogwood increased by 100%
- Traffic on Blain Lane increased by 725% (from about 8 vehicles/day to 66 vehicles/day).
The increase on Blain Lane triggered its temporary closure in December 2021, as it is a short gravel laneway that is not built for large amounts of traffic.
On March 3, 2022, a letter was sent to neighbourhood residents requesting that they complete a brief survey re: their experience with the trial closure of Glassford Road. The survey closed on March 14, 2022 and the preliminary survey results will be presented to the Committee of the Whole on March 15, 2022.
On March 15, 2022, the Director of Infrastructure Services presented the results of the second Glassford Road neighbourhood survey to the Committee of the Whole.
Following the Director of Infrastructure’s report to Committee, the discussion about next steps re: the road closure was deferred until April 19, 2022. At that time, the Director will present alternatives options and associated costs for achieving traffic calming on Glassford Road.
In summary, the trial closure of Glassford Road achieved the desired outcomes:
- An 85% reduction in speeding on Glassford Road;
- A 64% reduction in the volume of cars using Glassford Road as a shortcut;
- A combined 56% reduction in vehicles exceeding the speed limit on Gower Point Road and Glassford Road.
Survey respondents who lived on Glassford Road were 74% in favour of a continued closure of Glassford Road. About 60% of residents living on roads intersecting Glassford Road, and 94% of residents living on Gower Point Road between Franklin Road and Dogwood were not in favour of a continued closure.
On April 20, 2022, the Interim Chief Administrative Officer reported to the Committee of the Whole that he had been working with a third-party consultant on potential traffic-calming measures for Glassford Road and that the Director of Planning & Development will now be brought into those discussions.
Council requested that an in-person, on-the-street meeting be held with local residents to further identify traffic-calming measures that might satisfy the neighbourhood.
On May 17, 2022, a recommendation to re-open Glassford Road was made at the Committee of the Whole Meeting. It was also recommended that the speed limit on the road be lowered to 30 km/hr and that temporary road narrowing measures be put into place while more permanent traffic calming measures are considered. The recommendations need to be endorsed by Council at the June 7th Council meeting before action is taken.
Feedback on the traffic-calming proposals has been collected in several ways, including through an online meeting, held Monday, June 7th (view video recording of that meeting here), an online public information meeting held Monday, June 21st (view video recording of that meeting here) and an online survey, which closed on June 29th, 2021.
A second neighbourhood survey was conducted from March 2 to March 14, 2022. Preliminary survey results were presented to the Committee of the Whole on March 15, 2022.