The first stage of the recommended and approved plan took place in late July 2023, namely reducing the speed limit from 50 km/hr to 40 km/hr, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the entire length of Trelawny Circle. The scope of work included converting the flashing 40 km/hr signs to school zone warning flashers, and posting static 40 km/hr ‘area’ signs and Community Safety Zones signs.
Now that this work is complete, Trelawny Circle will be eligible for Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) and we have put in a request to have sections of the road added to the list of locations for the deployment of ASE cameras, with the first hopefully being set up and operational before the end of the calendar year or in early 2024.
We will be sure to monitor the impact of these changes over time and make adjustments and re-evaluate as needed.
Please continue to put in requests for speed enforcement by police through Peel Police’s online Road Watch form. https://www.peelpolice.ca/en/report-it/make-a-report-online.aspx?_mid_=2061
Thank you to all who have participated in and provided feedback at the townhalls on this matter, as we continue to address the needs and uses of this unique street, with safety as a priority for all road users.
(updated August, 2023)
Summary of In-person Community Meeting on May 3.
I want to thank those who attended my latest community meeting related to speeding and aggressive driving on Trelawny Circle on May 3 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Secondary School. It was a lively session with plenty of good questions and suggestions. I’m also thankful to the City’s Road Safety staff for their presentation and attention to this issue. What’s below encapsulates a few notes as well as action items that have been taken since our time together on May 3rd.
As stated in the invitation to the meeting and during the staff presentation, the proposal on the table for consideration is to reduce the speed limit on all of Trelawny Circle to 40 km/hr full time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and establish Trelawny Circle as a community safety zone. The existing flashing school zone signs would remain, however, the signs would be retrofitted so that the flashing lights would serve as an attention-grabber for drivers and would no longer be tied to a time-of-day change in speed limit. There seemed to be a general consensus at the meeting that this approach was a welcome step in addressing speeding on this road.
There were several comments and questions about timing and implementation. My Ward 10 team engaged with staff immediately following the meeting and we are pleased to share that staff will be moving ahead with the above recommendations this summer, in time for the start of the new school year in September. We had advised you at the meeting that a report on this topic was referred back to staff for re-evaluation would not be dealt with for several months, but thankfully we do not have to wait for further discussion and decision on this report. Instead, this project on Trelawny Circle will be considered a pilot and will serve to inform the future direction of speed limits in school zones when the matter comes back to Council.
A suggestion was made to install an All Way Stop at the intersection of Trelawny Circle and Bishop Strachan Court. We have requested a traffic study for this intersection to determine the warrants for an all-way stop and anticipate this study will be completed before the end of June.
Finally, we promised to provide you with the link to request speed enforcement directly with Peel Police. Here it is again… ROAD WATCH LINK… and please note that you can ignore the section referencing a license plate because your request is of a general nature and not a specific incident of aggressive driving. By having several people request enforcement, it increases the prioritization of the enforcement activity at this location amid all the other requests across Peel Region.
(updated May 30, 2023)
Many thanks to the many residents who attended one or both of the online community townhall meetings that I hosted regarding the issues related to speeding on Trelawny Circle.
On September 22, 2022, city staff presented some statistics on speed studies, provided information on the current road configuration of Trelawny and the regulations and policies that impact what changes are and are not permitted, and answered questions related to the topic.
SLIDE DECK – CITY
On January 11, 2023, Peel police officers presented statistics on speed enforcement on Trelawny Circle and introduced attendees to the revamped online traffic complaint reporting system called Road Watch, and answered questions related to the topic. City staff also attended and answered questions related to their expertise.
SLIDE DECK – POLICE
FILING A SPEEDING COMPLAINT – ROAD WATCH
Due to limited time, not all the questions posed during the Jan. 11 meeting were answered. The unanswered questions were presented to city staff and officers for their response and then collated into a single document available here:
REMAINING QUESTIONS ANSWERED
On November 1, 2022, I posted an online survey that sought feedback from the community on the preferred approach(es) to addressing speeding on Trelawny Circle. There were 267 responses. A summary of the results were shared at the end of the January 11 townhall and is available in the link here:
SLIDE DECK – SURVEY RESULTS
I am planning to meet with staff and police to review the information gathered so far and discuss one or more approaches to present to the public for further consideration. In the meantime, city staff is working toward presenting a Corporate Report to Council with general, citywide recommendations around the automated speed enforcement program, community safety zone application, school zones on busier streets and related matters. The discussion at Council could inform what options may be considered for Trelawny Circle specifically. Furthermore, later this year, a pilot project is being initiated on Aquitaine Avenue from Tenth Line (abutting Trelawny Circle north leg) to Millcreek Drive that includes lane reconfiguration and that, too, could provide valuable information into the Trelawny Circle discussions.
I am planning to hold an in-person community meeting to further engage with the public on this important topic. Please watch (subscribe to) my Sue’s eNews for details on when and where this meeting will take place. Note: this meeting took place on Wed., May 3 – see summary above.