February 9, 2023
COV Re: Kits Point Transportation Changes
We look forward to your online information session on February 16. Hopefully it will be more detailed than the very limited material you provided on your website on February 9th.
In May of 2021, I led a traffic survey within the Point, in which residents recorded 45-15 minute counts, including traffic modal split between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. The results, An Astonishing Traffic Problem Quantified, are available on the kpra.ca website, and within an open-source database, counterpoint.org.
CoV transportation guidelines specify that local street bikeways with up to 100 vehicles per hour may be considered AAA (All Ages and Abilities) after carefully considering speed, parking turnover and passing opportunities. Every bikeway in Kits Point currently exceeds this threshold – by 400% along Cypress, and 600% along Arbutus. During the summer, up to 600 vehicles per hour are circling the Point looking for a parking spot.
Within the Senakw Service Agreement, the Nation has delivered to the CoV a Traffic Assessment and Management Study (referenced in Appendix F.2). At the time the Service
Agreement was executed, the CoV assumed (Schedule F.7) that the preliminary traffic impact studies provided by the Nation were accurate analyses of traffic impacts in all material respects. Since the release of the Service Agreement, you have had time to professionally review the Traffic Assessment and are bringing forward recommendations for transportation changes in the surrounding communities.
With respect to your review:
- Under current loads, will your proposed changes mitigate queueing, specifically at the Cypress/Cornwall intersection?
- Under current loads, will your proposed changes mitigate the circling of traffic searching for a parking spot?
- What is the anticipated volume of trucks, including delivery vehicles, cars, bicycles and pedestrians that will enter and leave the Senakw lands from the Chestnut access point?
- How many vehicles associated with Senakw are forecast to use Kits Point for parking?
- Can you share with us your assessment of intersection and roadway operations, including volume-to capacity ratio (V/C) and levels of service (LOS) – currently, during
construction and post Senakw completion?
- Are your proposed changes consistent with Vision Zero and the CoV Active Transportation Guidelines?
- Does your Transportation design incorporate other study area developments, such as the proposed additions in Vanier Park?
- As Chris Lewis presented in the August 12, 2021 Urban Lunch, the Senakw vision for Vanier Park includes a new Indigenous STEAM School, a new Elementary School and a new Indigenous Performing Arts Centre
- Does it incorporate the Molson redevelopment?
- Are there other major trip generators/attractors within the Study Area that need to be considered?