News Release: July 22, 2019
All day on-street parking pilot in downtown Bolton
Brampton, ON (July 22, 2019) – On June 27, Peel Regional Council approved an all day on-street parking pilot project in downtown Bolton. The one-year pilot will allow all day parking on Queen Street from King Street to Mill Street, starting July 22, 2019 through July 31, 2020.
The purpose of the pilot project is to shift the focus from moving cars and trucks though the downtown core to a more pedestrian friendly environment, improving both safety and parking access to downtown businesses during peak periods.
“The implementation of the all day on-street parking pilot will give us the opportunity to gather data about whether this approach improves safety and increases the number of people using the downtown core,” said Gary Kocialek, Director of Transportation at the Region of Peel. “We’ll also learn how it impacts traffic - Vehicles travelling through the downtown core have the option of diverting to Emil Kolb Parkway to avoid delays.”
The pilot project will monitor before and after data including:
- Traffic volumes in the downtown and on the Emil Kolb Parkway
- Traffic speed
- Number of cars lined up at the lights in the downtown
- Number of collisions and their cause
- Number of pedestrians in the downtown
- Emergency response times
Peel staff will monitor the operation and safety of the pilot project as it unfolds and may change signal timings, signage, pavement markings and lane configurations, as needed.
“By starting the project in the summer months, we can take advantage of lower traffic levels from school closures and vacations, allowing all users, including motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and residents to adjust and get comfortable with the changes,” adds Kocialek.
The Region, together with the Town of Caledon have worked to enhance transportation through and around Bolton for all modes of travel by developing the Bolton Transportation Master Plan. The Bolton Transportation Master Plan provides a phased approach to guide the development of future transportation infrastructure in Bolton, as well as a vision and a set of recommendations specific to the area of downtown Bolton, developed in consultation with the area’s residents and businesses.
The implementation of the Emil Kolb Parkway, the downtown Bolton truck restrictions, and the traffic signal reconfigurations as the initial phases of the plan have resulted in a decrease of vehicular and truck traffic through the downtown core. The next phase of the enhancements is the implementation of the all day on-street parking pilot project in downtown Bolton.
For more information, visit peelregion.ca/BoltonParking
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