Parking Saga-Speed Bumps

Hi Everyone:

For those of you who have not been following my correspondence with Paula Fletcher’s office under the comment section, let me bring you up to date. It seems as though we will not have another opportunity to change the parking situation until next year. Paula Fletcher’s office is suggesting that we work collectively on a solution that will pass another vote, but they will not work on another ballot before a years time. So lets all think over the winter and dream up parking opportunities that work for all of us.

As for speeding and speed bumps. There was a study done on Victor Ave. in 2005, and we did not qualify for speed bumps because the percentage of speeding was not high enough. (IE: people on average only exceeded the speed limit by 5 km/hr on average.) My point to their office was one of child safety, and that I felt that 40 km/hr on Victor was too fast, and pointed out that other streets such as Langely and Riverdale have a speed limit of 30 km/hr, while ours is the same as Broadview.

We have a couple of options here. We can petition for speed bumps again. Apparently we are allowed to every three years, but possibly sooner if there was enough noise from residents on the street. My concern is that the City’s process for speed bumps of having a traffic survey will come up with the same results as 2005, and we will once again not qualify. We can however petition the City to reduce the speed limit to 30 km/hr with “Children Playing” signs, and that is much easier to accomplish. We could then ask the police to enforce the new speed limit, and by next fall, ask for speed bumps. Surely then we would qualify if they were still needed.

What do people think? I am prepared to write the petition, and would require endorsement from other residents on the street. Please let me know if you would like to help, or have any examples of how unsafe the current speed limit is, to help formulate the letter. Talk to your neighbors who may not be on the blog, and ask them to e-mail me at with their ideas. I was told that an actual petition was not required to reduce the speed limit, but rather just some indications of how unsafe it is, with an endorsement from as many neighbors as possible.


On-Street Parking – Extension of "Permit Holders Only" Hours

Dear Residents of Victor Avenue:

Early in September, Councillor Fletcher’s office distributed a ballot to residents of Victor Avenue between Broadview and Howland Avenues. The ballot requested each resident to cast their vote in respect of a proposal to extend the current “permit holders only” parking times to include the period from 4.00pm until 8.00pm, Monday through Friday (similar to Simpson Avenue). This ballot was raised following the receipt of a signed petition containing 40 addresses in favour of this change. I collected these signatures in the time period from May until September.

The results of the ballot were 33 to 19 against changing the current “permit holders only” parking times. As a result, a communication was issued from Councillor Fletchers office stating that “guided by the wishes of the majority……I will not be requesting that this change be made”.

Following receipt of this communication, I drafted a response to Councillor Fletcher outlining that while the results of the ballot on their own did not appear to signify majority support for the proposal as presented, nevertheless, the petition containing signatures from 40 addresses on the street did (at the very least) indicate a significant degree of frustration by permit holders in regards to the current on-street parking situation. In summary, I requested the support of Councillor Fletcher’s office in helping to identify a parking solution for permit holders which would be acceptable to the majority of residents on Victor Avenue. As suggestions, I listed the following alternatives:

> create an equal number of “permit holder only” spots on the south side which are effective during the period when the “permit holder only” spots on the north side are not available (i.e. from December 1st until March 31st);

> extending the period when the existing “permit holder only” spots on the north side are available. Currently, they are available from April 1st until November 30th. Perhaps this period could be extended by one month or so, to allow availability of these spots to residents for a longer period of time;

> modify the existing proposal such that the “permit holder only” period is shorter. Instead of from 4pm until 8pm, Monday thru Friday, shorten this to from 5pm until 7pm, Monday thru Thursday;

> Further, since the most difficult time of the year for residents to find a parking spot is from Dec. 1st until Mar. 31st (the period when the “permit holder only” spots on the north side are no longer available), this last alternative could be modified so that it applies only to the period Dec. 1st until Mar. 31st and not for the full year.

My e-mail response to Councillor Fletcher was sent on the 16th of October. To date, I have not received a reply. I’m disappointed and frustrated by the lack of assistance from the Councillor Fletcher’s office.

Despite the results of the ballot and the rejection of the proposal put forward, I feel that majority support for some form of change to the current permit holder parking situation on the street could be obtained providing the proposal was acceptable to both permit holders and non-permit holders alike. Once drafted, my goal is to recirculate a petition to gather signatures in support of this new proposal.

To assist me in drafting this proposal, and to ensure that the new proposal is acceptable to the majority of residents, I would like your suggestions on what the proposal should be. If you are in support of one of the alternatives already presented to Councillor Fletcher in my response above, then please let me know. If you would like to propose another alternative not currently considered, then please feel free to let me know this too.

I look forward to receving your feedback.

Best regards,

Stephen G. McDonnell

Parking Problems on Victor Avenue

Solution to Parking?

This was received from Paula Fletcher about Parking

From: Councillor Fletcher
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2007 10:52:56 -0400
To: Councillor Fletcher

Subject: Re: RESULTS – Victor Avenue Permit Parking

Dear Friend,

In September I received a petition from residents of Victor Avenue, from Broadview to Howland, asking to add permit parking only hours on this block. The proposal was to add 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to the existing overnight hours. The petition represented a lot of time and effort by local residents.

In response to the petition, ballots were hand-delivered by my staff to every home on this block so you could all express your opinions regarding the proposed change. More than 50 people took the time to vote.

33 people voted against the change and 19 people voted in favour. I promised to be guided by the wishes of the majority of residents therefore, I will not be requesting that this change be made.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.