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RFD- 4088 Business Items   Item #   11. b.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda   
Meeting Date: 09/28/2020  
Title:    Prescott Learning Centre - Pioneer Road Crosswalk - Flynn
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: Spruce Grove is a well-planned city, with a high ease of community connectivity and mobility for transportation and walkability.

Information
Request for Decision Summary
A Notice of Motion was brought forward by Councillor Stevenson at the Regular Council meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020 to use Council contingency funds to install crosswalk lights at Prescott Learning Centre on Pioneer Road.

Administration does not support the installation of crosswalk treatment systems that are not warranted under Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Manual of Uniform Traffic Control and Transportation Association of Canada Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide recommendations.  The City uses the guidelines set out by TAC in order to set a standard for the installation of traffic control devices in the City.  Administration typically receives up to twenty (20) requests per year to change existing crosswalk treatments.  Assessment and installation criteria ensures the correct treatments are applied in each location.  City administration treats all resident safety concerns seriously and aims to eliminate any potential issues based on established Canadian Transportation guidelines. 

Proposed Motion
That Council direct administration to install appropriate crosswalk lights at the Prescott Learning Centre crosswalk on Pioneer Road and that Council contingency funds up to $16,000.00 be used to pay for the installation.

Background/Analysis
In February of 2018 the City was contacted by the Chairperson of Prescott Learning Centre School Council requesting the City install Pedestrian Activated Flashers at the intersection of Pioneer Road and Prospect Way in order to assist students crossing Pioneer Road.  As a result of that discussion, and subsequent discussions with the Chair, the City has completed multiple monitoring programs and analysis at this location.

On February 21, 2018, City Engineering Staff conducted a 13 hour traffic study (6 am – 7 pm) at the intersection of Pioneer Road and Prospect Way to collect volumes of pedestrians and vehicles at the intersection and crosswalk.  The results of the count were supplied to Al-Terra Engineering on March 2, 2018 in order to determine the appropriate pedestrian control at the intersection.   Utilizing the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the TAC Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide, the study determined that Pedestrian Activated Flashers were not warranted.  
 
In September of 2018 the City signed Pioneer Road,  adjacent to Prescott Learning Centre as a School Zone and installed a radar speed sign to inform drivers of their speed on Pioneer Road southbound.  
 
In June of 2019, the City conducted an additional 13hr count using the same methodology and equipment as the previous study.  The count data was sent to Al-Terra Engineering to repeat the analysis of the intersection.  The results of the study indicated that Pedestrian Activated Flashers were not warranted. 

As recommended by the MUTCD, a school crossing guard should be considered due to the high volume of elementary aged children using the crosswalk.   
 
The opening of Pioneer Road had negligible impact on the volume of traffic on Pioneer Road adjacent to the school.
 
On September 4, 2019 the City restricted the distance from which a vehicle can park adjacent to this crosswalk by installing no parking signage and road paint, improving sight lines for both pedestrians and drivers.
 
Options/Alternatives
If Council approves this motion, direction will be given to administration to have pedestrian activated flashing lights installed at the Pioneer Road crosswalk at Prescott Learning Centre.

If Council chooses not to approve this motion, no changes will be implemented at this crosswalk until warranted under TAC guidelines.  As per TAC guidelines and recommendations from Al-Terra Engineering, a school cross walk guard is recommended at this time to manage the safety at this location.  Although the City does not offer this service, Administration recommends this approach be taken by Prescott Learning Centre students and/or staff.  The City will continue monitoring of the location.  We will also implement any new technologies where possible.  
Consultation/Engagement
In 2018 and 2019, through discussion with the Prescott Learning Centre School Council, Administration collected data and contracted Al-Terra Engineering to analyze data gathered at the Pioneer Road Prescott School crosswalk.

In late February of 2020, a monitoring camera was installed in this location as a joint effort with the City and Telus to gather more vehicular and pedestrian data over a longer period of time.  This data would have been used to analyze the crossing again, however, due to the timing of the school shutdown due to COVID-19, the data gathering and final analysis were not completed.  The City has re-engaged with Telus and will be meeting to determine next steps in the coming weeks.
Implementation/Communication
N/A
Impacts
The City has committed that this intersection will remain closely monitored while development in the area progresses, as an increase in vehicular traffic volumes may trigger a warrant for an alternative crossing protection measure.  Residents may assume that adding additional crosswalk control devices will automatically enhance pedestrian safety, but this is not always the case.  Safe and effective pedestrian crossing design requires careful analysis integrated with other transportation considerations including site conditions, traffic volumes and speeds, lines of site, and visibility.  It’s essential that the road system protect pedestrians by achieving a high level of compliance from all road users, and minimizing pedestrian exposure to vehicular traffic.  Installing crosswalk systems that do not meet the TAC criteria for implementation could be detrimental to overall road user safety.  A consistent and uniform approach to evaluating, qualifying, and installing crosswalk treatments helps promote consistent and predictable behavior by both pedestrians and drivers and reduces the probability of accidents.

Additionally, adding crosswalk systems that exceed current standards could be viewed as a precedent that creates an increased service level leading to additional requests and associated costs.

Fiscal Impact
Financial Implications:
Council Contingency Total Budget - $75,000

Expenditures to date - $26,800
Council Social - $3,300
City Centre Business Association - Public Market Event Support - $10,000
Canada Day Flag Initiative - $5,000
Spruce Up Spruce Fence Painting Initiative - $3,500
Rotary Club of Spruce Grove - COVID-19 Relief Efforts - $5,000
Park Upgrades in Linkside - $5,000

Expenditures for consideration:
Pioneer Road Pedestrian Activated Flashers - $16,000

Funds remaining in Council Council Contingency if approved - $27,200
Attachments
Schedule A - Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon Specification Sheet
Schedule B - Traffic Control Warrant Analysis

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