Phase Two Under Construction – Anticipated completion in late fall 2020
Changes coming, Fall 2020!
A new set of half signals is being installed at the intersection of Vernon Street, Seymour Street, and Coburg Road. The purpose is to improve the safety of this offset intersection and help people walking, rolling, and cycling create reliable gaps to cross Coburg Road. When a pedestrian or cyclist wishes to cross, a red light will be triggered for vehicles on Coburg Road.
A new painted crosswalk on the west leg of the intersection will accompany these half signals. A centre painted bike lane will help to align people cycling for the offset ‘straight’ movement from Vernon onto Seymour and vice versa. As a result, vehicles on Vernon and Seymour must turn right onto Coburg when they encounter this intersection. Stop signs on Vernon and Seymour and Coburg will remain.
How to use:
People walking and rolling can push the button to request to cross and must wait for the ‘Walk’ signal before moving across the street.
People cycling will be able to trigger the half signal using a new radar detection system which will stop traffic on Coburg Road. You do not necessarily have to wait for the signal – it will only trigger the call after 5-8 seconds. You can proceed to cross along the bikeway at any available gap if it becomes available.
People driving can no longer turn left or proceed straight through this intersection. Signage and pavement markings will indicate ‘right turn only except bicycles’.
Project Update: June 2019
New traffic regulations were introduced at the intersection of Vernon and Jubilee for all northbound and southbound vehicles. ‘No through vehicles except bicycles’ signage and pavement markings were installed (see figures below). Vehicles cannot go straight, and instead must turn left or right onto Jubilee Rd at this intersection. Bicycles can proceed straight along the corridor.
These changes were approved by Council in May 2018 to reduce the number of vehicles using Vernon Street. Fewer vehicles on Vernon will promote a safer, more comfortable environment for walking and cycling.