Traffic Safety

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In April 2019, Town of Lincoln Council passed a resolution regarding truck safety in Lincoln. Traffic safety and speed reduction strategies are a high priority for the Town, and we continue to respond to residents' concerns about improving road safety throughout the community.

The Town’s Transportation Master Plan developed a comprehensive Traffic Calming Policy to guide the implementation process of traffic calming/speed reduction measures for the Town. The ultimate goal of these actions is to improve the livability of neighbourhoods for all users.

Staff will be providing regular updates to Council through the Committee of the Whole, currently on a quarterly basis.

Staff will continue to work closely with the Niagara Region, Niagara Regional Police Service, the Ministry of Transportation and other agencies on multi-stakeholder and multi-agency strategies to ensure improving traffic and truck safety remains a high priority in Lincoln.

The Town has implemented several traffic safety initiatives throughout Lincoln, including community safety zones, pedestrian crossovers, and speed humps. To read more about these initiatives, see below. Detailed maps of the traffic safety measures implemented in Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 3, and Ward 4 are available in the Documents section on the right side of this page.


COMMUNITY SAFETY ZONES

Community Safety zones are areas of a roadway designated under the Highway Traffic Act where public safety is of special concern. These zones are often located in areas close to community centers, such as recreational facilities, schools, nursing homes, and more.


Community Safety Zone on Fourth Line Signage is placed along the community safety zones to alert drivers to the beginning and end of a roadway designated as a community safety zone. The rules of the road do not change within a Community Safety Zone, but fines for improper roadway use (speeding, traffic signal violations, etc.) are increased and often doubled.

The goal of a community safety zone is to modify driver behaviour to improve safety on these sections of road for all users.

The Town of Lincoln has amended the Traffic by-law to designate the following areas of roadway as Community Safety Zones:

  • Connor Drive (Mountain Street to Stadelbauer Drive)
  • Fourth Avenue (Nineteenth Street to Jordan Road)
  • Serena Boulevard (Ontario Road to Alyssa Drive)
  • Victoria Avenue (north of King Street)
  • William Street (King Street to Robbie Burns Drive)

PEDESTRIAN CROSSOVERS (PXOs)

A pedestrian crossover is a type of crossing that requires vehicles to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road. They are typically installed on low to moderate volume roadways with speeds at or below 60km/hr.

Pedestrian crossovers have specific pavement markings and crossing signs. Pedestrian crossovers may have illuminated overhead lights / warning signs and pedestrian push buttons.

Pedestrian Crossover at Lincoln Ave and Elm St

At a pedestrian crossover, pedestrians have the right-of-way. Drivers and cyclists must stop behind the yield line and wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the road and is safely on the sidewalk before proceeding.


All road users (pedestrians, motorists, cyclists) must obey pedestrian crossover rules at all times of the day and night.

Motorist Responsibilities
  • Be prepared to stop your vehicle for pedestrians as you approach a pedestrian crossover
  • Be alert upon approach of a pedestrian crossover
  • Stop your vehicle behind the yield line
  • Make eye contact so the pedestrian sees you
  • Wait until pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding

Pedestrian Responsibilities

  • Be alert to other road users before entering a pedestrian crossover
  • Indicate intention to cross
  • Wait for traffic to stop
  • Make eye contact to ensure drivers see you

Cyclist Responsibilities

  • When riding with traffic, follow rules for motorists
  • When crossing, follow rules for pedestrians; dismount and walk your bike across

Fines and Penalties

Motorists and cyclists may face a fine of $1,000.00 for disobeying the rules of a pedestrian crossover. Motorists may also face four demerit points.

In addition to these penalties, aggressive or careless drivers who put themselves and other road users (other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists) in danger may be charged with careless driving and will be subject to additional penalties and fines.

For more information regarding pedestrian safety, rules, and responsibilities at pedestrian crossings, visit the Ministry of Transportation website.


SPEED HUMPS

The Town installs speedhumps on areas of road that have received complaints from area residents regarding the speed, the volume of shortcutting traffic, and driver non-compliance.


Permanent speedhumps were installed in 2022 at the following locations:

  • Four on Stadelbauer Drive between King Street and Highland Park Drive
  • Two on Highland Park Drive between Stadelbauer Drive and Kayla Street

The Town will continue to accept input from residents regarding other areas of traffic safety concern. Temporary speed humps may be installed throughout Lincoln based upon community input and concern. In these cases, further investigation into the area of concern will be completed to determine if any permanent traffic safety measures should be installed.

The Town installed the following temporary speedhumps in late spring 2022:

  • Two on Highland Park Drive between Kayla Drive and Stadelbauer Drive
  • Five on Drake Avenue between Ontario Street and and Dufferin Avenue

DIGITAL SPEED FEEDBACK SIGNS

Since 2015 the Town has been using Digital Speed Feedback Signs to track speeds on community roads in order to determine if further speed reduction strategies are necessary. The current locations of the 2022 Digital Speed Signs can be found in the Documents section on the right side of this page. The results of the 2021 Digital Speed Signs are also found in the Documents section on the right side of this page (Please note that the results reflect the speed at which 85% of traffic traveling on the road is moving at or below).

In April 2019, Town of Lincoln Council passed a resolution regarding truck safety in Lincoln. Traffic safety and speed reduction strategies are a high priority for the Town, and we continue to respond to residents' concerns about improving road safety throughout the community.

The Town’s Transportation Master Plan developed a comprehensive Traffic Calming Policy to guide the implementation process of traffic calming/speed reduction measures for the Town. The ultimate goal of these actions is to improve the livability of neighbourhoods for all users.

Staff will be providing regular updates to Council through the Committee of the Whole, currently on a quarterly basis.

Staff will continue to work closely with the Niagara Region, Niagara Regional Police Service, the Ministry of Transportation and other agencies on multi-stakeholder and multi-agency strategies to ensure improving traffic and truck safety remains a high priority in Lincoln.

The Town has implemented several traffic safety initiatives throughout Lincoln, including community safety zones, pedestrian crossovers, and speed humps. To read more about these initiatives, see below. Detailed maps of the traffic safety measures implemented in Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 3, and Ward 4 are available in the Documents section on the right side of this page.


COMMUNITY SAFETY ZONES

Community Safety zones are areas of a roadway designated under the Highway Traffic Act where public safety is of special concern. These zones are often located in areas close to community centers, such as recreational facilities, schools, nursing homes, and more.


Community Safety Zone on Fourth Line Signage is placed along the community safety zones to alert drivers to the beginning and end of a roadway designated as a community safety zone. The rules of the road do not change within a Community Safety Zone, but fines for improper roadway use (speeding, traffic signal violations, etc.) are increased and often doubled.

The goal of a community safety zone is to modify driver behaviour to improve safety on these sections of road for all users.

The Town of Lincoln has amended the Traffic by-law to designate the following areas of roadway as Community Safety Zones:

  • Connor Drive (Mountain Street to Stadelbauer Drive)
  • Fourth Avenue (Nineteenth Street to Jordan Road)
  • Serena Boulevard (Ontario Road to Alyssa Drive)
  • Victoria Avenue (north of King Street)
  • William Street (King Street to Robbie Burns Drive)

PEDESTRIAN CROSSOVERS (PXOs)

A pedestrian crossover is a type of crossing that requires vehicles to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road. They are typically installed on low to moderate volume roadways with speeds at or below 60km/hr.

Pedestrian crossovers have specific pavement markings and crossing signs. Pedestrian crossovers may have illuminated overhead lights / warning signs and pedestrian push buttons.

Pedestrian Crossover at Lincoln Ave and Elm St

At a pedestrian crossover, pedestrians have the right-of-way. Drivers and cyclists must stop behind the yield line and wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the road and is safely on the sidewalk before proceeding.


All road users (pedestrians, motorists, cyclists) must obey pedestrian crossover rules at all times of the day and night.

Motorist Responsibilities
  • Be prepared to stop your vehicle for pedestrians as you approach a pedestrian crossover
  • Be alert upon approach of a pedestrian crossover
  • Stop your vehicle behind the yield line
  • Make eye contact so the pedestrian sees you
  • Wait until pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding

Pedestrian Responsibilities

  • Be alert to other road users before entering a pedestrian crossover
  • Indicate intention to cross
  • Wait for traffic to stop
  • Make eye contact to ensure drivers see you

Cyclist Responsibilities

  • When riding with traffic, follow rules for motorists
  • When crossing, follow rules for pedestrians; dismount and walk your bike across

Fines and Penalties

Motorists and cyclists may face a fine of $1,000.00 for disobeying the rules of a pedestrian crossover. Motorists may also face four demerit points.

In addition to these penalties, aggressive or careless drivers who put themselves and other road users (other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists) in danger may be charged with careless driving and will be subject to additional penalties and fines.

For more information regarding pedestrian safety, rules, and responsibilities at pedestrian crossings, visit the Ministry of Transportation website.


SPEED HUMPS

The Town installs speedhumps on areas of road that have received complaints from area residents regarding the speed, the volume of shortcutting traffic, and driver non-compliance.


Permanent speedhumps were installed in 2022 at the following locations:

  • Four on Stadelbauer Drive between King Street and Highland Park Drive
  • Two on Highland Park Drive between Stadelbauer Drive and Kayla Street

The Town will continue to accept input from residents regarding other areas of traffic safety concern. Temporary speed humps may be installed throughout Lincoln based upon community input and concern. In these cases, further investigation into the area of concern will be completed to determine if any permanent traffic safety measures should be installed.

The Town installed the following temporary speedhumps in late spring 2022:

  • Two on Highland Park Drive between Kayla Drive and Stadelbauer Drive
  • Five on Drake Avenue between Ontario Street and and Dufferin Avenue

DIGITAL SPEED FEEDBACK SIGNS

Since 2015 the Town has been using Digital Speed Feedback Signs to track speeds on community roads in order to determine if further speed reduction strategies are necessary. The current locations of the 2022 Digital Speed Signs can be found in the Documents section on the right side of this page. The results of the 2021 Digital Speed Signs are also found in the Documents section on the right side of this page (Please note that the results reflect the speed at which 85% of traffic traveling on the road is moving at or below).

Do you have any questions about traffic safety in Lincoln?

Please take some time to look at the information on this page. If you have any questions, please feel free to add them here and we will respond shortly. 

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    Specific car speeding, tailgating, and very loud, I have plate and reported it, yet !!!! Nothing s done, it's dangerous,a nuisance

    Madhadder asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Please reach out to the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) at this link or the NRPS traffic hotline, 905-688-4111, ext. 1025555  to request enforcement at a specific location or to report specific vehicles.


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    One improvement could be a sidewalk on Frederick Ave.(Vineland). It is mostly seniors that walk in the neighbourhood and a winding road provides low visibility for driver's (especially at night).

    davebrown asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your inquiry and your suggestion. Town staff previously completed a review of Frederick Avenue and the possibility of installing a sidewalk. A sidewalk cannot be constructed due to the existing trees, utilities, and streetlights. Please note, the Town has also hired a consultant to review the existing crossing fronting the Heritage Village Recreation Club for pedestrian safety.  

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    hello. Do you plan to install „pedestrian crossover” at more locations? (e.g. Mountain St at George and King St at William) Both very dangerous locations when crossing guard is not present. Thanks

    Duuukie asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The locations that you have mentioned are on Regional Roads and the Town is in regular communication with the Region regarding safety concerns.  Please feel free to also share your concern with the Niagara Region’s Transportation Services Department.


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    Rittenhouse Park - Off Azalea requires some added planning. Reason being - parked cars are permitted on the side nearest to the park, near a basketball court. This creates potential blind spots, where a child may go to retrieve a ball that bounces between parked cars onto the road creating an unsafe situation. I suggest creating a no-parking zone on the side nearest to the park to create clear visible sight lines. Futher, a reduction in speed limit around the cresant area near the park would be prudent to 40km (versus 50km). There is no designated cross way, or traffic calming measures for anyone who would want to cross the street from Azalea to enter the park - rittenhouse from Azalea Cres. No sidewalk on the park side, and hardly any markings.

    Dr. C asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Azalea Crescent is part of the upcoming 40 km/hr speed reduction pilot project within the Town of Lincoln, and the speed limit will be reduced this fall. Due to the sightline concerns fronting the park, the Town will be bringing a by-law amendment to prohibit parking on the north side of Azalea Crescent fronting the park in the near future for Council approval. 


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    Can let me know when street lights are planned to be put on moyer road. It’s very dangerous at night driving especially in bad weather. A few street will provide safety for its residents and tourists. I think we all contribute to paying taxes

    Bruce asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. At this time there are no future plans for streetlighting on Moyer Road.

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    What is being done for traffic safety for Ontario stree

    Snoman asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Ontario Street is a Regional Road. Please reach out to the Niagara Region Transportation Services Department for more information. The Town and Niagara Region are also undertaking the Ontario Street Urban Design Vision and Streetscape Master Plan. Please visit that project page for more information. 


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    Your electronic speed reminder signs (black cat?) that you say are on Cherrywood Dr. are here for about 1 month/yr. It's really not accurate to show it on your map being there as if it's there all year. They do little good for us the rest of the year. JD has known of this street's complaints for years. Nothing seems to come from complaining to our local councilor. We all hope something may come from the traffic dept.'s initiative!

    howie1 asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The radar units and radar signs are placed at each location for 1-2 weeks. That duration of time is an allowable representative sample of speeds and volumes based on industry standards. 

    The 2020 speed data on Cherrywood Drive tracked over 11,000 vehicles and the results showed the 85th percentile at 47 km/hr and the average speed of 40 km/hr. Town staff plan to analyze Cherrywood Drive again by the end of the year in relation to the conditions laid out in the council approved Town of Lincoln Transportation Master Plan, Appendix F, Traffic Calming Policy, which is available online. [GH1] 

     [GH1]I would include any historical information on results. Soften up answer. It kind of reads like "this is what it is so take it"

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    Another area of concern is Queen Street. It has become a thru street. There is always a steady flow of all kinds of vehicles, including commercial trucks, at times even transport trucks. Many are speeding up the street. The new implementation of 40km/hr maximum speed on Mountain Street, will divert more speeding traffic up Queen St. I am requesting for the speed limit to be lowered to 40km/hr and to place speed bumps on the road. Thank you

    mfriesen asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Queen Street is part of the upcoming 40 km/hr speed reduction pilot project within the Town of Lincoln, and the speed limit will be reduced this fall. Town staff will continue to monitor the speeds and traffic on Queen Street. 

    There is no future plan to reduce the speed limit on Mountain Street to 40 km/hr however Mountain Street is a Regional Road. Please contact Niagara Region Transportation Services Department at this link for more information. 

    For more information regarding the Town’s Traffic Calming Policy, please see the Town of Lincoln Transportation Master Plan, Appendix F, Traffic Calming Policy

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    The truck traffic continues to create serious/dangerous conditions for both drivers and pedestrians - the current road structure, especially in the downtown core is not designed to accommodate the overwhelming amount of large trucks - this is a ticking time bomb - lets not wait for further serious injuries to occur - you cannot continue to expand residential development without addressing this priority concern.

    Terry asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing your concern. We have information on a new page on Speak Up Lincoln called Truck Traffic in Lincoln. On this page we've outlined several action items, both short and long-term, to address the concerns about truck traffic in the community. 

    We invite you to take a look at the information on this page, and if you have further questions, we would be happy to answer them. Feel free to engage with us on that page with questions about Truck Traffic so that other community members can see the discussion related to this topic. 

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    Have you been able to drive Thirty road at all lately? We're having some problems at the bottom of our road, Thirty and King St. The road is disappearing. The shoulder is breaking away, the road is undermining and the potholes would swallow up a small car. When you're at a complete stop and want to turn or go straight onto King St. When you excel to try and beat a car coming around the corner, your bounced all over the place. It's really hard not only for our cars, but it's also dangerous for the driver. You're being bounced everywhere so its automatic that you slowdown, but oncoming cars / trucks are barreling down on you making it a very dangerous situation. And it seems that everyone who thinks they have the right to use our road as a race track does, making it impossible for us to pull into or back out of our own driveways. We have slow moving vehicles that doesn't seem to mean anything anymore. What do you propose to do with this dangerous situation?

    Unsafe on Thirty asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question, 

    Staff have completed a signage review, and have identified a few signs in need of replacement, which will be swapped out soon. Along with that, some spot pothole repairs will take place as well, both on the road and at the intersection of Thirty Rd and King St. The Region has confirmed that King Street at Thirty Road is slated for road rehabilitation next year as well. Additionally, the Town is currently undertaking our yearly sign retro reflectivity study, and will swap out more damaged signs once we have these results.

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