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Biking Barrie … Soon

Would I feel safe biking Barrie? I don’t know … that’s why I’m going to try! Stay tuned.

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Animal Protection Survey

Province Launches Public Survey; Acts to Ensure No Animal Falls Through the Cracks

Ontario’s Government is working to improve the animal welfare system to make sure it is more robust, transparent and accountable. As this work proceeds, the government wants to hear from the people of Ontario.

To take the survey, click here.

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Opioid Talks Continue in Barrie

Some people have asked me if the opioid crisis conversation has stopped – heck no! Today I met with the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy chair, Dr. Simon, moms who lost sons to this crisis (Melissa Melissa Nieuwhof Hurst and Evelyn Pollock), Marc Hanuman Cohen and other members of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to ask more questions, get more answers, collaborate, investigate, plan, and more.

I am happy to share that Barrie City Council has approved the creation of the Community Health and Wellbeing Committee (of which I am grateful to be a part of with Councillor Jim Harris and Councillor Gary Harvey). I look forward to meeting next month.

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Nicholson Drive Parking

Last Monday, City Council passed the following:

TO: GENERAL COMMITTEE SUBJECT: NICHOLSON DRIVE PARKING INVESTIGATION WARD: 6
PREPARED BY AND KEY
CONTACT:
J. MACDONALD, C.E.T., SENIOR TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGIST, EXT. 5178 SUBMITTED BY: D. FRIARY, DIRECTOR OF ROADS, PARKS AND FLEET GENERAL MANAGER
APPROVAL:
A. BOURRIE, RPP, ACTING GENERAL MANAGER OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE
OFFICER APPROVAL:
M. PROWSE, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER RECOMMENDED MOTION
1. That Traffic By-law 80-138, Schedule ‘D’, “Stopping Prohibited” be amended by adding the following:
“Nicholson Drive West Side From Summerset PURPOSE & BACKGROUND
2. Staff received concerns from both area residents and the Ward Councillor regarding the need to review the current parking situation along Nicholson Drive in the vicinity of the pedestrian walkway located at the rear of Ferndale Woods Elementary School. 3. Nicholson Drive is a two (2) lane local roadway with a pavement width of 8.5 metres and a sidewalk along the east side which provides a pedestrian connection to the walkway at the rear of Ferndale Woods Elementary School, and has a daily traffic volume of approximately 200 vehicles per day. Please refer to Appendix “A”.
4. Currently, parking is permitted along Nicholson Drive between Summerset Drive and Cunningham Drive. Overnight on-street parking is prohibited from December 1st to March 31st, between 12:01 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. for the purpose of winter maintenance. ANALYSIS
5. A Parking Questionnaire was prepared and mailed to fifty six (56) property owners along Nicholson Street to select a preferred option. Fifteen (15) responses were received and the results of the questionnaire are as follows:

Option “A” – Leave the current parking in place on both sides of
Nicholson Drive.
1 17% Option “B” – Implement “No Stopping 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to
Friday, September 1 to July 1, excluding Statutory Holidays”
5 83% Total (Out of 56) 6 11% 6. Staff issued a comment sheet to the Simcoe County District School Board to gather feedback regarding the proposed parking regulations along Nicholson Drive, staff did not receive any comments or concerns.
7. Staff observations and comments from respondents identified the current parking situation poses operational and safety concerns along Nicholson Drive. Currently, pedestrians are crossing the roadway between parked vehicles to access the pedestrian walkway; vehicles are obstructing residential driveways; and parking on both sides of the roadway greatly impedes traffic flow. 8. Staff also conducted observations during drop off/pick up for Ferndale Woods Elementary School along Ferndale Drive and noted there currently is a Kiss “n” Ride which operates during drop off and pick times. It was noted vehicles do queue momentarily on Ferndale Drive, however this queueing does not pose any operational or safety concerns as it is for a very short duration. 9. Staff observed vehicles were also parking on Ferndale Drive South adjacent to the curb to actively load/unload which does not pose any operational or safety concerns as pedestrians are accessing the vehicles directly adjacent to a sidewalk in front to Ferndale Woods Elementary School. 10. Based on feedback area residents and staff observations it is recommended that Traffic By-law 80- 138 Schedule “D”, “Stopping Prohibited” be amended by adding the following: “Nicholson Drive West Side From Summerset
Drive to a point
87m south of
Trask Drive
8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, September 1st to July 1
st, Excluding Statutory Holidays.” 11. The proposed stopping prohibition along the west side of Nicholson Drive is recommended to prevent parents/guardians from stopping opposite Ferndale Woods Elementary School walkway and pedestrians crossing between parked cars. This will also ensure motorists do not obstruct the residential driveways along the west side of the roadway and ensure safe and efficient travel width. 12. Barrie Police Service, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service and Municipal Law Enforcement staff do not oppose the recommended motion.
ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS
13. There are no environmental matters related to the recommendation.

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Ferndale Dr – No Parking Passed

Monday night, City Council approved the following:

TO: GENERAL COMMITTEE
SUBJECT: FERNDALE DRIVE PARKING INVESTIGATION
WARD: 6 AND 7
PREPARED BY AND
KEY CONTACT:
J. MACDONALD, C.E.T., SENIOR TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGIST , EXT. 5178
SUBMITTED BY: D. FRIARY, DIRECTOR OF ROADS, PARK, AND FLEET
GENERAL MANAGER
APPROVAL:
A. BOURRIE, RPP, ACTING GENERAL MANAGER OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE
OFFICER APPROVAL:
M. PROWSE, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
RECOMMENDED MOTION
1. That Traffic By-law 80-138 Schedule “A” “No Parking Any Time” be amended by deleting the following:
“Ferndale Drive Both sides from Dunlop Street to a point 170 metres
north of Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive.”
2. That Traffic By-law 80-138 Schedule “A” “No Parking Any Time” be amended by adding the following:
“Ferndale Drive North Both sides from Dunlop Street to Tiffin Street.”
“Ferndale Drive South Both sides from Tiffin Street to Essa Road”
PURPOSE & BACKGROUND
3. In 2003 council adopted Motion 03-A-427 regarding on-street parking and bicycle lanes on
Ferndale Drive between Edgehill Drive southerly to Ardagh Road which stated:
a) A 1.0 m wide bicycle lane is to be constructed on each side of Ferndale Drive North from Edgehill Drive to Tiffin Street;
b) A 2.0 m wide bicycle lane is to be constructed on each side of Ferndale Drive South from Tiffin Street through the wetland to Bishop Drive/Summerset Drive;
c) No bicycle lane be constructed on Ferndale Drive from Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive
southerly to Ardagh Road; and
d) On-street parking is permitted on Ferndale Drive South from Summerset Drive/Bishop
Drive southerly to Ardagh Road in compliance with By-law 80-138 until the traffic volumes and/or level of service warrant four lanes.

4. Ferndale Drive is a four (4) lane arterial roadway with approximately 14,500 vehicles per day and is a transit route with sidewalks along both sides within the study area and a posted speed limit of
50km/h. Ferndale Park, and Ferndale Woods Elementary School are located along the west side
between Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive and Gore Drive/Cuthbert Street. Please refer to Appendix
“A”.
5. Ferndale Drive/Veteran’s Drive provides the longest north/south connection throughout the City
outside of the Highway 400 corridor.
6. Currently, there is a Community Safety Zone and variable time flashing 40km/h posted speed limit
zone along Ferndale Drive South adjacent to Ferndale Woods Elementary School.
7. Ferndale Drive South between Tiffin Street and Essa Road is not a permissive truck route.
8. In 2017 staff implemented “No Parking Anytime” along Ferndale Drive between Dunlop Street to a
point 170 metres north of Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive to prohibit vehicles from parking within
the bicycle lanes. This was implemented to address the operational and safety concerns regarding
vehicles parking and impeding the operation and safety of the bicycle lane.
ANALYSIS
9. The City has been actively monitoring the traffic volumes along Ferndale Drive South between
Ardagh Road and Bishop Drive/Summerset Drive. The results of these studies have shown a steady increase of traffic volume since 2005. The traffic volume in 2018 was recorded at
approximately 14,500 vehicles per day compared to 4,600 vehicles per day in 2005.
10. A letter was mailed to fifty six (56) property owners along Ferndale Drive South between
Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive and Ardagh Road to gain feedback regarding the proposed “No
Parking Anytime” parking prohibition. Staff received feedback from fourteen (14) area residents
regarding the proposed parking prohibition and all residents expressed concerns regarding
removing on-street parking due to the speed of motorists. They expressed the on-street parking
acts as a traffic calming measure to reduce the overall speed of Ferndale Drive between
Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive and Ardagh Road.
11. Staff completed a vehicle speed study and determined the 85th percentile speed to be 63km/h. The
85% percentile speed is defined as the speed at which vehicles travel at or below.
12. Staff have requested the Barrie Police Services conduct speed enforcement along Ferndale Drive
South between Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive and Ardagh Road.
13. Staff have implemented a form of traffic calming along Ferndale Drive South in the past to help reduce the overall operating speed of the roadway. This measure was a radar speed board which
provides a visual queue to notify drivers of their speed and reduce their operating speed. This form
of traffic calming measure typically results in a decrease in vehicle operating speed of 3-5km/h.
14. Currently, Ferndale Drive South between James Street and Gore Street/Cuthbert Street is a variable time flashing 40 km/h posted speed zone as Ferndale Wood Elementary School has direct
frontage along this segment of roadway. This was implemented in accordance with the council
policy which states a reduced speed limit can be implemented on all arterial roadways which have
direct frontage to an elementary school and a daily traffic volume greater than 5,000 vehicles per
day. The purpose of the reduced speed limit is to decrease the operating speed near elementary
schools where vulnerable pedestrians are present.

15. Currently, there is a Community Safety Zone along Ferndale Drive South from a point 25 metres south of Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive to a point 65 metres north of Ardagh Road as Ferndale Wood Elementary School has direct frontage along this segment. A Community Safety Zone doubles all traffic fines which helps deter traffic violations.
16. Residents expressed concerns regarding commercial and heavy trucks using Ferndale Drive South
between Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive and Ardagh Road as it is not a designated truck route.
Currently, the City operates a permissive truck route which outlines where commercial and heavy
vehicles are permitted to travel, however vehicles may detour from these routes to complete a delivery.
17. The current permissive truck routes on Ferndale Drive are Ferndale Drive North from Tiffin Street north and Ferndale Drive South from Essa Road south, as well as along Ardagh Road from Morrow Road east.
18. Signs have been installed at the intersections of Ferndale Drive South and Essa Road, Ferndale Drive North and Tiffin Street, Ardagh Road and Morrow Road to notify operators that commercial and heavy vehicles are not permitted. Please refer to Appendix “B”.
19. Staff have completed a classification study of commercial and heavy trucks and determined
approximately 2% or 375 vehicles per day out of approximately 14,500 vehicles per day are commercial and heavy trucks. Although, Ferndale Drive South between Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive is not a permissive truck route commercial and heavy vehicles are permitted to deviate from the permissive route to make deliveries via the shortest distance from the permitted route.
20. Staff have requested that Barrie Police Services conduct enforcement of the permissive truck route
along Ferndale Drive South between Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive and Ardagh Road to help
deter commercial and heavy vehicles from using this segment as a short cut.
21. Residents also expressed concerns regarding the need for on-street parking to permit parking for
visitors. There would still be parking permitted along the adjacent side streets or nearby City
parking lots such as Ferndale Park parking lot to accommodate visitor parking.
22. Staff have completed field observations and noted there are vehicles consistently parking along
Ferndale Drive South between Summerset Drive\Bishop Drive and Ardagh Road creating operational and safety concerns due to vehicles having to weave around parked cars and reducing
the capacity of the roadway. As well as vehicles having difficulty entering and existing residential
driveways due to vehicles obstructing the motorists line of sight.
23. Staff reviewed the last three (3) years of collision history for Ferndale Drive South and found three
(3) collisions directly related to on-street parking.
24. Staff also found nine (9) collisions related to vehicles exiting residential driveways colliding with
motorists. Although, these collisions did not indicate direct involvement due to on-street parking staff noted during field observations that on-street parking obstructed sight lines as vehicles were
entering onto Ferndale Drive South.
25. Concerns were raised regarding how the proposed parking prohibition along Ferndale Drive South would affect drop off and pick up at Ferndale Woods Elementary School. The proposed parking
prohibition would still permit vehicles to actively stop adjacent to the curb along the west side of
Ferndale Drive to actively load/unload. This is a similar practise that the City implements at elementary schools where parking is prohibited in front of the school to prevent vehicles from
parking for long duration causing operational and safety concerns regarding unattended vehicles
impeding traffic and reducing sight lines of pedestrians.

26. Staff issued a comment sheet to the Simcoe County District School Board to solicit their feedback regarding the proposed parking prohibition, staff did not receive any comments or concerns.
27. Residents suggested implementing “No Parking 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, Excluding Statutory Holidays”. Staff reviewed this suggested and do not recommend this as permitting parking during evenings and weekends would not remove the current operational and safety concerns regarding vehicles and City buses weaving, impeding residential driveways, and the required capacity requirements.
28. Staff reviewed extending the proposed parking prohibition along Ferndale Drive South between
Ardagh Road and Essa Road, as this segment of roadway also has a traffic volume of approximately 14,500 vehicles as well and requires the use of all four (4) lanes to provide a sufficient level of service and capacity requirements.
29. Staff have completed field observations and did not note any on-street parking along Ferndale Drive South between Ardagh Road and Essa Road. Although staff did not note any vehicles parking, staff are recommending prohibiting parking along this segment of Ferndale Drive as well to achieve the desired level of service and capacity requirements.
30. The proposed “No Parking Anytime” along Ferndale Drive South between Ardagh Road and Essa Road will not negatively impact any residential properties as there are no direct frontage homes, all residential house are either rear facing or are accessed by a service road.
31. The proposed parking prohibition is also consistent with previous parking restrictions implemented along similar four (4) lane arterial roadways, such as Livingstone Street, Georgian Drive, Cundles Road, Ferndale Drive North, Hurst Drive, and Big Bay Point Road.
32. Based on both the operational and safety concerns staff recommend that Traffic By-law 80-138 Schedule “A” “No Parking Any Time” be amended by deleting the following:
“Ferndale Drive Both sides from Dunlop Street to a point 170
metres north of Summerset Drive/Bishop Drive.”
And adding the following:
“Ferndale Drive North Both sides from Dunlop Street to Tiffin Street.”
“Ferndale Drive South Both sides from Tiffin Street to Essa Road”
33. Barrie Police Service, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service and Municipal Law & Prosecution Services do not oppose the recommended motion.
ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS
34. There are no environmental matters related to the recommendation.