KELSET Traffic Safety Study

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The survey to receive comments on the draft report is now closed. A final revised draft report, incorporating survey results, is under development and final consultation with the School District & Administration, the local Parent Advisory Council and the local Residents Association is underway. Currently the final draft report is scheduled to be presented to Council at the meeting on September 20, 2021.

BACKGROUND: The District of North Saanich engaged WATT Consulting Ltd. to prepare a traffic safety study in the vicinity of KELSET Elementary School. The study will consider the movements and interactions of all users - vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians - and will suggest infrastructure and operational improvements to increase safety. Field measurements and observations along with school community and local resident feedback will inform the options developed to make the corridor safer for all.


The survey to receive comments on the draft report is now closed. A final revised draft report, incorporating survey results, is under development and final consultation with the School District & Administration, the local Parent Advisory Council and the local Residents Association is underway. Currently the final draft report is scheduled to be presented to Council at the meeting on September 20, 2021.

BACKGROUND: The District of North Saanich engaged WATT Consulting Ltd. to prepare a traffic safety study in the vicinity of KELSET Elementary School. The study will consider the movements and interactions of all users - vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians - and will suggest infrastructure and operational improvements to increase safety. Field measurements and observations along with school community and local resident feedback will inform the options developed to make the corridor safer for all.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Ask your questions about the traffic study and outcomes. 

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    I have completed the questionairre but feel it misses the mark on safety issues : there is too much traffic at specific times. The choices presented may make that issue more dangerous for instance "dooring" . There is also the issue that traffic at this spot is a combination of school, local (as this steet is a collector for a portion of Dean Park) and Panorama Recreation traffic which may increase. Can the terms of reference be modified to incorporate a longer and broader look at this traffic issue? Can the terms of teference

    Hike_Mike asked 10 months ago

    The planned measurement of the traffic data will provide a good understanding of conditions throughout a typical week and at the busiest times of day. The initial options presented will be expanded from information gathered during the survey. Upcoming discussions with stakeholders, including the school and Panorama, will help to refine these alternatives to suit the area. There will be an opportunity for further comment as the work is advanced and the consultant and the District have a clearer understanding of current conditions, constraints and the wishes of the school users and local residents.

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    How often will the traffic study record vehicle speeds? The machines were only out for 1 week? Speeds should be observed when workers are NOT VISIBLE in their yellow vests as this skews data. It's statistics 101. We saw so many people slow down because 2-3 bright yellow vests were standing on the side of the road. These workers also left when school was in session and that is when speed happens, not at drop off but during school hours.

    Gerry asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for the question. Traffic data collection for this project is being performed with industry-standard practices for the work. Continuous data collection for vehicle speeds and volumes - 24 hours a day, for a 7-day period - will provide representative results to allow for effective evaluation of alternatives and options to improve safety. Multiple methods are being used to record all vehicle, cycle and pedestrian activity including road tube counters, static traffic cameras and manual counts.

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    Will parking be addressed? It's so difficult to find parking, so the Rec centre parking lot is used by many- with kids/ families walking in and around lots of moving cars. I have seen many near misses in this area

    NG asked 10 months ago

    Information on parking use during the day, turnover frequency and duration of use will be gathered in targeted spot observations to get a sense of how on-street parking is used, especially during drop-off and pick-up times. This data will inform recommendations on operational changes or infrastructure improvements that will help to improve safety along with other measures.

    There will be opportunity early in the new year to view and comment on the recommended changes and upgrades in the draft report.

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