I came across this example of traffic calming in Port Hope. A residential collector street obviously suffers from excessive speeding traffic. And Port Hope certainly had an abundance of jacked-up pickup trucks and elderly cars with look-at-me “mufflers” (amplifiers?). I suspect cruisin’ the streets is a vehicular passeggiata for the Hopeful.
This long thin traffic island, repeated every block, effectively narrows the available lane space and forces a certain percentage of vehicles to slow down a bit.
I was impressed by the intensive landscaping in the medians, which even included trees:
Trees were planted both in the island and on both sides of the street. They won’t quite form a joining arch over the top, as the trees are small toy trees that city works crews love so much.
I am hopefull [sorry] that someday we might see some similar traffic calming on Ottawa streets, provided it doesn’t inconvenience the cubicle dwellers on their rush hour commutes to greenland. We could start on Sherwood Drive. Until then, there is Hope.