Cars hurtling at breakneck, illegal speeds not good mix with kids, their wee wagons

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

My family lives near the corner of Seneca Drive and Oneida Boulevard in Ancaster. This is a three-way stop sign intersection. The problem is few drivers actually stop. In fact, many accelerate through this intersection. Dangerous speeds in excess of 80 km-h are not uncommon on what should be a quiet and safe neighborhood street.

I have lived here more than 20 years and know the locals; the cars running the stops and speeding are not from this immediate area. I seriously doubt these individuals would support such actions and total disregard for others within their own neighbourhoods.

I, my wife, and former neighbours have complained about all of this in the past to other mayors, councillors, police chiefs and newspapers. Typically, there is a short period — perhaps a few weeks — of police presence, handing out many warnings and a few tickets, then nothing.

The problem has been created by the fact that this route — through this development, from Golf Links to Mohawk — is a short-cut for many to the Linc, or to the Toronto east-bound 403 ramp. The alternates are to McNiven and then to Mohawk, or through the Meadowlands with its five traffic lights and horrendous congestion. This short cut is becoming much more attractive as time passes.

Years ago, when the west-bound 403 ramp towards Brantford closed, the traffic through our survey dropped quite significantly.

Since then, however, the continual and rapid increase in the numbers of homes in the Meadowlands, the former Ancaster fairgrounds and south and west beyond Southcote have served to dramatically increase traffic volumes. In addition, customers of the westernmost end of the Meadowlands shopping stores and the theatre contribute to the traffic at peak periods.

Our survey is, of late, experiencing a turnover of families. Older, long-term residents without children are moving away, being replaced by young families with young children who walk and sometimes ride their tricycles or pull their wee wagons on these local streets.

Cars hurtling at breakneck illegal speeds ignoring stop signs is not a good mix with kids, school buses, toddlers, and wee wagons.

There has recently been much ado about reopening the former westbound 403 ramp. Please, please don't allow this reopening because it will increase this problem. Go elsewhere.

Also, I hope local politicians might support, promote and help institute formal ongoing actions and permanent measures that discourage the use of this route by installing all-way stop signs at all of the remaining four intersections along it, reducing/posting the short cut route speed limit to 40 km-h and installing sizeable multiple speed bumps. These combined steps would minimize the speeding while perhaps encouraging the use of other more suitable thoroughfares by the non-residents of this neighbourhood.

Larry Ruickbie, Ancaster

Cars hurtling at breakneck, illegal speeds not good mix with kids, their wee wagons

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

My family lives near the corner of Seneca Drive and Oneida Boulevard in Ancaster. This is a three-way stop sign intersection. The problem is few drivers actually stop. In fact, many accelerate through this intersection. Dangerous speeds in excess of 80 km-h are not uncommon on what should be a quiet and safe neighborhood street.

I have lived here more than 20 years and know the locals; the cars running the stops and speeding are not from this immediate area. I seriously doubt these individuals would support such actions and total disregard for others within their own neighbourhoods.

I, my wife, and former neighbours have complained about all of this in the past to other mayors, councillors, police chiefs and newspapers. Typically, there is a short period — perhaps a few weeks — of police presence, handing out many warnings and a few tickets, then nothing.

The problem has been created by the fact that this route — through this development, from Golf Links to Mohawk — is a short-cut for many to the Linc, or to the Toronto east-bound 403 ramp. The alternates are to McNiven and then to Mohawk, or through the Meadowlands with its five traffic lights and horrendous congestion. This short cut is becoming much more attractive as time passes.

Years ago, when the west-bound 403 ramp towards Brantford closed, the traffic through our survey dropped quite significantly.

Since then, however, the continual and rapid increase in the numbers of homes in the Meadowlands, the former Ancaster fairgrounds and south and west beyond Southcote have served to dramatically increase traffic volumes. In addition, customers of the westernmost end of the Meadowlands shopping stores and the theatre contribute to the traffic at peak periods.

Our survey is, of late, experiencing a turnover of families. Older, long-term residents without children are moving away, being replaced by young families with young children who walk and sometimes ride their tricycles or pull their wee wagons on these local streets.

Cars hurtling at breakneck illegal speeds ignoring stop signs is not a good mix with kids, school buses, toddlers, and wee wagons.

There has recently been much ado about reopening the former westbound 403 ramp. Please, please don't allow this reopening because it will increase this problem. Go elsewhere.

Also, I hope local politicians might support, promote and help institute formal ongoing actions and permanent measures that discourage the use of this route by installing all-way stop signs at all of the remaining four intersections along it, reducing/posting the short cut route speed limit to 40 km-h and installing sizeable multiple speed bumps. These combined steps would minimize the speeding while perhaps encouraging the use of other more suitable thoroughfares by the non-residents of this neighbourhood.

Larry Ruickbie, Ancaster

Cars hurtling at breakneck, illegal speeds not good mix with kids, their wee wagons

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

My family lives near the corner of Seneca Drive and Oneida Boulevard in Ancaster. This is a three-way stop sign intersection. The problem is few drivers actually stop. In fact, many accelerate through this intersection. Dangerous speeds in excess of 80 km-h are not uncommon on what should be a quiet and safe neighborhood street.

I have lived here more than 20 years and know the locals; the cars running the stops and speeding are not from this immediate area. I seriously doubt these individuals would support such actions and total disregard for others within their own neighbourhoods.

I, my wife, and former neighbours have complained about all of this in the past to other mayors, councillors, police chiefs and newspapers. Typically, there is a short period — perhaps a few weeks — of police presence, handing out many warnings and a few tickets, then nothing.

The problem has been created by the fact that this route — through this development, from Golf Links to Mohawk — is a short-cut for many to the Linc, or to the Toronto east-bound 403 ramp. The alternates are to McNiven and then to Mohawk, or through the Meadowlands with its five traffic lights and horrendous congestion. This short cut is becoming much more attractive as time passes.

Years ago, when the west-bound 403 ramp towards Brantford closed, the traffic through our survey dropped quite significantly.

Since then, however, the continual and rapid increase in the numbers of homes in the Meadowlands, the former Ancaster fairgrounds and south and west beyond Southcote have served to dramatically increase traffic volumes. In addition, customers of the westernmost end of the Meadowlands shopping stores and the theatre contribute to the traffic at peak periods.

Our survey is, of late, experiencing a turnover of families. Older, long-term residents without children are moving away, being replaced by young families with young children who walk and sometimes ride their tricycles or pull their wee wagons on these local streets.

Cars hurtling at breakneck illegal speeds ignoring stop signs is not a good mix with kids, school buses, toddlers, and wee wagons.

There has recently been much ado about reopening the former westbound 403 ramp. Please, please don't allow this reopening because it will increase this problem. Go elsewhere.

Also, I hope local politicians might support, promote and help institute formal ongoing actions and permanent measures that discourage the use of this route by installing all-way stop signs at all of the remaining four intersections along it, reducing/posting the short cut route speed limit to 40 km-h and installing sizeable multiple speed bumps. These combined steps would minimize the speeding while perhaps encouraging the use of other more suitable thoroughfares by the non-residents of this neighbourhood.

Larry Ruickbie, Ancaster