Speed Bumps of every road
Speed Bumps slow down traffic. Not only will that create a friendlier pedestrian environment but it will make travel by bike lane (no speed bump) more competitive, time wise with car travel. The same thing also goes for skytrain. With car travel taking longer, skytrain will look like a more attractive option
Slowing down traffic further with speed bumps doesnt sound like a good idea. Speed bumps increase gas use since the driver tends to accelerate out of every speed bump. I think lower speed limits in heavy pedestrian zones is a better idea.
Janna L. Sylvest commented
Wes, are you in favour of speeding vehicles as a neighbourhood and commercial enhancement? This hypothetical mother of 3, will her day and our City be better if she is speeding from school to day care to groceries - rain or shine? And commercial transport in commercial lanes and on truck routes, it's better if it's done at what km/hour? Speed bumps are about investing in long lasting infrastructure that compels compliant behaviour ... ie. the speed limit in lanes and school and park zones must be adhered too and yielding to pedestrians is a reality rather than a faint hope. Speed bumps don't lower existing speed limits, they enforce them.
Slowing down traffic in dense urban neighbourhoods is great (West End) as it promotes walking and cycling. However, this only works if everything you need is within walking/cycling distance and you have the time to walk/cycle everywhere. The reality is that not all amenities are easily accessible to all Vancouver communities. How do you propose a mother of 3 picks up her kids from school and daycare, while getting groceries, by foot or on bicycle, in the blowing rain, in January??? Furthermore, how do you think all of your "local" produce gets from the farm in Langley to the farmers market in Kits...certainly not by bike or by foot. Same goes for your milk, your grains, your clothing, etc, etc, etc. There is no one solution to our problems and banning things and restricting people or industries is not the answer.
Grinding industry/business to a halt is going to kill our city. We thrive on tourism (among other things) and restricting the flow of people and goods is a sure-fire way to wreck all the good things we have going. We need to figure out how to do what we are already doing better!
Two spaced out gentle rise speed bumps are THE DETERENT for speeders but they are confortable to cross at normal speeds. There are some of these speed bumps located in the North portion of Q. E. park.
I very much against the abrupt speed bumps
Janna L. Sylvest commented
Bravo! Speed bumps are a significant element in a pedestrian-favourable infrastructure. In an era where the "stop line" is a forgotten relic and stop signs equate to a mere suggestion, the time has more than arrived for a concentrated installation of speed bumps. More effective than a zebra-cross walk, low speed zone, or even a pedestrian controlled light-crossing, speed bump installation needn't be an additional cost but simply a reallocation of expenditure. In Russian the word for a speed bump is lezhachii politseiskii ... literally a "lying-down policeman" ... a concept that ought to drive home this point: we require road use infrastructure that compels a change to driver behaviour and favours foot traffic over all other forms of mobility. Environmental urban plans that call for higher density living closer to work and home and commercial and recreational proximity to residential communities will not work unless we support a walkable City.
John Smith commented
This would work great if the Skytrain network serviced more areas. If taking public transit was easier and quicker, than driving I'd take the bus/skytrain every time. Make public transit more attractive by actually making it better, not by shooting the competition in the foot.