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.


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 2021 at the following locations:

  • Four on Ashby Drive between Cherrywood Drive and Hillside Drive
  • Four on Garden GateTerrace between Greenlane and John Street
  • Two on Central Avenue between John Street and May 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 2021:

  • Two on Highland Park Drive between Kayla Drive and Stadelbauer Drive
  • Five on Stadelbauer Drive between Highland Park Drive and King Street, and St. Georges Drive and Kayla Drive

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 2021 Digital Speed Signs can be found in the Documents section on the right side of this page. The results of the 2020 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.


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 2021 at the following locations:

  • Four on Ashby Drive between Cherrywood Drive and Hillside Drive
  • Four on Garden GateTerrace between Greenlane and John Street
  • Two on Central Avenue between John Street and May 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 2021:

  • Two on Highland Park Drive between Kayla Drive and Stadelbauer Drive
  • Five on Stadelbauer Drive between Highland Park Drive and King Street, and St. Georges Drive and Kayla Drive

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 2021 Digital Speed Signs can be found in the Documents section on the right side of this page. The results of the 2020 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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    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 8 months 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 11 months 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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    I would like to see a reduction on a posted 60km speed limit on Red Maple Ave between 13th and 15th. Even though we are outside of the “urban” boundary, due to the hills , curves, and limited visibility I believe 60km is far too dangerous a speed at the eastern end of Red Maple. Also, due to the cluster of houses and driveway mailboxes as well as the Canada Post super box we have many pedestrians from kids to seniors, as well as cyclists and farm workers between 13th and 15th. I believe it should be posted 40km at the hills and max of 50 on the remaining stretch .

    Walker asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. Staff will be undertaking a speed limit and safety review of this portion of road, and will determine appropriate actions from the results.

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    When are they going to put sidewalks on the north side of Lincoln Ave? (Between Highway#8 and Greenlane) They have added 8 new homes on the street, plus cars exiting Bartlett Ave. cutoff on the QEW now go up Lincoln Ave. Big ditches and no place to walk makes it very dangerous.

    Randy asked 11 months ago

    Hi, thank you for your question. 

    Construction is currently scheduled for 2023 for this road. The current proposed design includes sidewalks between Oakwood Ave. and Greenlane. 

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    Is there any plan to removed the curb bump outs. They are an accident waiting to happen especially on the busier roads. With the amount of truck and other traffic increasing when there are vehichles passing simultaneously and bike traffic trying to navigate around them, there is no room Please consider removing.

    Linda Moroz asked 11 months ago

    Hi there, thank you for your question. 

    Is there a specific location you are referring to with the curb bump outs?
    In general, the Town has no plans to remove any curb bump outs on Town roads, and we are not aware of any plans from the Region to remove any from Regional Roads at this time.

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    Hello. We live in the new Vista Ridge community. Not far from where Mountain meets Connor. The road on Mountain is extremely busy and most often with large trucks. The speed at which some cars and trucks fly down past ConnorDr. Or worse, turn onto Connor Drive is frightening Is there anyone I can address my concerns with or any plans to control the speed or traffic in this area ?

    M asked 11 months ago

    Because Mountain is a Regional Road this concern has been reported to Regional staff with a request for a signal warrant to be conducted for the intersection of Mountain and Connor. 

    Connor is however still a live construction area, so any counts or work won’t be able to happen until the construction is complete as the counts and traffic usage patterns would be incorrect. The Region is aware of the speeding issue, and the NRPS have been notified.

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    Do you plan on doing a digital speed feedback in Campden, especially through the hamlet intersection of Fly Rd. and Campden?

    Robin asked 11 months ago

    There are currently Regional flashing “slow down” boards on the east and west approaches on Fly, and our digital sign on Campden Rd northbound, south of Fly. There are currently no plans for one southbound north of Fly.

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    there is an immediate need for digital signage or a lower speed limit sign on King St in Vineland from the top of the Hollow to the other side near the Jordan House. Many many vehicles hit either end of that stretch going way too fast. I am positive that a serious accident will occur there shortly. Please act on it now.

    doug lewis asked 11 months ago

    Hi there, King Street is a Regional Road. With this in mind we have forwarded your feedback and concerns to the appropriate Regional staff. 

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    June 4th, 2021 TRUCK SAFETY ISSUE on Mountain Street. What is currently being done to enforce the speed and volume of dump and transport trucks on Mountain Street, Beamsville? There has been a significant increase in the volume of trucks (specifically carrying dirt) over the last couple of weeks, who are driving in excessive speeds (well above posted 50 km/hr). Do these truck companies have a permit to drive on Mountain Street? I have called the Niagara Police Traffic Hotline numerous times asking for surveillance but find little if no response. Traffic calming measures need to be implemented now, particularly between Elizabeth and King St, to improve the safety on this street. This cannot wait until the proposed regional truck escarpment bypass is built. I live on Mountain Street between James and Elizabeth and this seems to be the section where the trucks drive in excessive speeds to make up for lost time going through the stoplight at the foot of Mountain St. and King St. Has this particular area been monitored recently for speeding and safety?

    Tracy asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. As this is a regional roadway, we will report these concerns to Regional staff for further investigation. We encourage drivers to use an alternate route when possible, but depending on vehicle direction this is not always possible. We have also requested that the Niagara Regional Police Service conduct speed enforcement along this roadway to facilitate traffic safety in the area.

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    I am a resident of the new Vista Ridge development. We ho for walks snd try to cross Mountain Street over from Connor to Douglas. Yesterday afternoon it took 5 mins to wait until we could cross with the traffic. There must have been 3 dump trucks barrelling both ways. It is very unsafe now with the number of residents that have moved in and will be moving with the town homes. Not to mention the frustration of just turning out of the subdivision. When are all these trucks going to be diverted away from Mountain? Some one will get hurt or an accident will happen. There needs to be speed bumps or traffic light something to reflect the changing dynamic of the community from rural road to now densely populated residential. Thank you

    Kkleinhart asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. Mountain Street. is a Regionally managed road and we will report this to the Regional staff for further investigation and analysis.

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