2021 City Snapshots: Transportation

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Thank you for visiting City Snapshots. The question period concluded Oct. 24, 2021. Please visit other information on this page and contact the City if you have any questions.

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    Please ensure you make things safer for cyclists. Current developments alongside Garden City Road are actually worse than they were for cyclists. Please ensure you do proper research before spending a lot of tax payers money, make sure you ask bicycle commuters.

    bmartin asked 8 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: The cycling and pedestrian improvements currently underway on Garden City Road provide physical protection between pathway users and adjacent motorists, thereby increasing safety.  The design reflects current best practices per the Province of BC Active Transportation Design Guidelines and has been reviewed by the City’s advisory Active Transportation Committee, which includes members of HUB Cycling and is comprised of local residents with a range of cycling experience.

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    It’s a small thing, but there is an almost complete lack of trash bins in pedestrian oriented areas.

    randysutt asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your feedback. You are welcome to contact Environmental Programs at 604-276-4010 or email, garbageandrecycling@richmond.ca  and provide specific location information. The Litter collection team will monitor the location and assess the need for installation of garbage/recycling containers.

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    Has any thought been given to making traffic light cycles shorter in the city centre-Lansdowne-Oval area? The waits for pedestrians to cross in this area are very long and not consistent with a pedestrian oriented area.

    randysutt asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your question. Traffic signals within City Centre are programmed to be fully responsive to vehicle and pedestrian demands, with longer crossing times in areas of higher pedestrian volumes. Pedestrian crossing priority has been instituted at some City Centre traffic signals including No. 3 Road- Bus Mall,
    Garden City Road- Lansdowne Road as well as other T-intersections throughout the City. At these locations, the walk light is activated before the vehicle green light in order to delay the turning vehicle movement and allow pedestrians to begin crossing the intersection before vehicles. This type of signal programming is considered at locations with high pedestrian volumes on an intersection by intersection basis following review by staff.

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    A simple step to facilitate traffic flow on Number 1 Road would be to prohibit parking at all times, as you do on 2 and 3 Road. Traffic is gridlock on this road in the evening and weekends because of frequent left turns and parked cars. I avoid this road whenever possible. It’s ridiculous that you allow one lane to be a parking lot. Steveston deserves better access!!

    MGP asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your comment. Parking on
    No. 1 Road is restricted during weekdays from 7am to 6 pm to accommodate peak commuter traffic volumes. When demand is lower in the evenings and weekends, there is road capacity to permit parking on some sections of No. 1 Road. to serve the adjacent land uses. Staff continue to monitor traffic operations on No. 1 Road and will make any adjustments to street parking if required.

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    No full sidewalks are some roads, such as Alderbridge Way.

    Kang asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your comment. The City has annual capital programs for the provision of new walking infrastructure. Locations are prioritized based on the following criteria: proximity to schools; proximity to transit routes; land use in the area (apartments, townhouses, small lots, large lots, etc.); whether there is a sidewalk on the other side of the road; and whether redevelopment is expected to occur soon.

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    Are traffic signals in the city programmed to prioritize transit buses to change the signal in their favour?

    CLynn asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for the question. City of Richmond traffic signals have the capability to facilitate transit priority operation. These work for those TransLink buses that are equipped with on-board equipment to work with the traffic signal system.

    The City has also implemented transit signal priority at Russ Baker Way and Miller Rd for northbound buses.

    This priority signal is activated by an in-street loop detector in the northbound bus only lane and allows buses to proceed prior to activating a green light for other vehicle movements.

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    Does the city use a smart traffic light system? By smart, I meant is the traffic light smart enough to know that since there are not many cars in the intersection, then change the light to green to allow the vehicle through instead of letting it idle thus reducing the emissions the vehicle emits?

    CLynn asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your question. All Richmond traffic signals operate by vehicle actuation, either through in-street loop detectors or traffic camera detectors.  Vehicle detection allows the signal controller to efficiently adjust the available green time on the basis of changing traffic demand by sensing the presence or absence of vehicles.  

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    The transportation plans gives an impression of not being equitable because it seems to prioritize movement of vehicles instead of pedestrians. There was nothing on the snapshots explicitly providing info on how the intersections will be made safer for pedestrians. Makes me wonder if everyone on the transportation committee mainly drives a vehicle to move around and are unable to empathize with pedestrians? Are there any plans on making busy intersections safer for pedestrians? How about allowing pedestrians to cross the street first before allowing vehicles to turn left? Most traffic signals prioritize vehicles and let them turn left first before pedestrians can cross. As a result, many vehicles rush the left turn signal especially at the intersection of No. 3 Road and Alderbridge Way. This increases the risk of a pedestrian vehicle accident. Vehicles southbound on No. 3 Road will rush the green left turn signal and continue to turn left to Alderbridge Way even though the pedestrian light is already on. Motor vehicle rules enforcement seems to be non-existent in the city resulting in Richmond gaining the reputation that reckless driving is accepted here.

    CLynn asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: The City of Richmond has instituted pedestrian crossing priority at a number of traffic signals by activating the walk light before the vehicle green light, thereby delaying left turn vehicle movements and giving pedestrians a head start to cross the intersection. This programming is in place at many T-intersections, where all vehicle traffic from the side street is required to turn, in most cases across the path of pedestrians. Locations where this signal operation is in use include: No.3 Rd and Bus Mall, No.6 Rd and Commerce Parkway, Moffatt Rd and Blundell Rd and locations with dual left turn lanes including Garden City Rd and Lansdowne Rd, where in addition to the advanced pedestrian walk phase, there is also an electronic sign that activates with the eastbound green light to alert left turning drivers of crossing pedestrians.

    The programming of delayed green/advanced walk phases is instituted on an intersection by intersection basis.   Staff will evaluate the concerns outlined regarding southbound left turning traffic at No.3 Rd and pedestrians crossing Alderbridge Way to determine if this location may warrant this type of signal programing.  Staff will also liaise with the Richmond RCMP to request police enforcement of drivers failing to yield to crossing pedestrians at this location. 

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    I agree with the previous feedback that there doesn't seem to be motor vehicle enforcement in the streets of Richmond. I've seen many instances of Fantuan delivery drivers on electric motorbikes riding on sidewalks.

    CLynn asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your comment. RCMP enforcement is primarily scheduled as resources are available and conducted at intersections and on arterial roadways. City staff also work with the RCMP to provide solutions to discourage vehicle violations.

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    Why is the new SkyTrain station at Capstan not including public washrooms? Translink has previously said that all new stations would include washroom facilities. Is it too late to have them included in this project? Why?

    Jim Pook asked 7 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your question.  The City has secured public washrooms outside of the fare gates through the adjacent development.