I don't give a hoot about speed bumps, there's a lot of speeding across some of these roads in Town, but those chicanes that redirect traffic should have never been installed. I remember when council voted to have those things removed, whatever happened to that? Righting a wrong has never been Aurora's strong suit. In fact...they're absolute cowards.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 18 July 2016 at 13:15
The town did remove the chicanes . At a cost of $59 thousand. They left dead-ended streets in place and added speed bumps for the same purpose.
There were residents seriously inconvenienced by the configuration who have to drive around the block to get into their driveways. Their rights were not addressed.
I remember smug satisfaction expressed by the spokesman for the obstruction course . He spoke after of enjoying quiet on his porch while his wife was on the road teaching his seven year old how to ride a bike. I heard later he sold his house and moved out of town soon after.
It was always his right, of course.
Like it was his choice to buy a house in an area of town where traffic is certainly heavy, going to and from other places.
Like say, Murray Drive, Aurora Heights, Orchard Heights and a dozen others.
I had a call, once from a resident on Aurora Heights Drive. He bought his house seven months
previously without understanding it was a major collector of heavy traffic off Yonge Street.
He didn't ask for chicanes, for streets to be dead-ended to prevent through access, or for speed bumps.
He simply asked for the regular speed limit to be reduced because he had young children. From his perspective that was reasonable.
I had to explain to him the broader function of Aurora Heights Drive.
About provincially regulated speed limits.
That York Region Police, a public agency at arm's length from politics, is responsible for enforcing speed limits.
Municipal politicians can fool around with speed limits, if it makes no sense, the police will not issue tickets to people for driving at regulated speed limits.
I never heard from the resident again.
Maybe he sold his house on Aurora Heights Drive and bought one on a back street where his children would be safer.
He always had that choice.