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Neighbourhood traffic management issues have received considerable attention in the last decade, dealing with concerns over vehicle speeds, volumes, level of truck activity, pedestrian and cyclist accommodation and safety, and street aesthetics. Generally, the focus has been on local residential streets; however, collector streets have also been examined in some cases. This paper will review a number of neighbourhood review projects, including: • A local street in Winnipeg, MB along the Red River that was the subject of a corridor enhancement focussing on upgrades to the pedestrian and cyclist environment along the street and improved access to the Red River. The study looked at traffic circles, bulb outs, and raised crosswalks. After initial public support the project was stopped due to a change of heart among some residents who were directly impacted by the measures. • A collector street in Fargo, ND that was reviewed following intense neighbourhood lobbying to the Mayor and City Commission following the street being extended under I-29 to connect to a street adjacent to a regional shopping centre. Area residents were concerned about increased volumes and speeds, and difficulty in exiting from local streets onto the collector. The study looked at traffic management measures that did not involve vertical deflection. Initially supported by City Commission, a strong grass roots movement by area residents significantly modified the recommended plan. • A neighbourhood review in Saskatoon, SK was requested due to the proposed closure of a portion of a collector street by the City to expand the City’s water plant. The street served as an important link to the downtown area and neighbourhood residents were concerned that traffic would divert to the local streets. The study examined both “carrot and stick” approaches to encourage commuters to stay on the major road system.

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Tebinka, R.S