Originally Posted by manny_santos
Is it going to take a smaller version of those "speed humps" that have been used in Westmount? Or putting S-curves in these roads where feasible, like Dundas had in Old East for years? There is no easy answer in an already-developed area.
You're right, these aren't the right solutions. What can be manipulated to slow traffic are the following:
1) lane width: consider older arterial roads, which have 9' lanes, versus some of the newer built ones, which sometimes have lanes as wide as 12'.
2) on-street parking: this is relatively foreign in London, but most big cities have on-street parking when its not rush hour. Driving past parked cars makes people slow down considerably.
3) removing turn lanes. The worst offenders, in my opinion, are those noxious continuous left-turn lanes. They essentially function as paved boulevards, separating opposing traffic from each other. If motorists have to slow down for turning traffic, they will move more slowly. Of course, turn lanes (left more than right) can still be used at major intersections.
4) widen sidewalks: pedestrians slow down traffic.
5) create bicycle-only infrastructure: ditto.
6) maintain trees close to the street, allow development closer to the street.
7) allow local streets and/or driveways to access the street.
Being an Old North boy, I think the stretch of Richmond between University and Oxford is the model of an arterial road in a suburban context.