City rolls out the first--and more pedestrian-friendly--"quiet street” in Mississauga

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A Mississauga street is now a little more pedestrian-friendly thanks to an initiative that will limit vehicular traffic. 

On Aug. 20, the city launched its first "quiet street" in the Port Credit neighbourhood at St. Lawrence Dr. near Port Street East. 

In a news release, the city said quiet streets—which are temporary, short-term installations— are intended to encourage slow traffic and limit vehicle volume to local traffic only. They provide more space for cyclists, walkers and runners to practice physical distancing while using the road.

Along with quiet streets and lower neighbourhood speed limits, the city has also launched 17.9 km of new separated and on-road bike lanes that will be installed by the end of the year. 

The city said quiet streets involve temporary barricades and signs to inform drivers that their travel path has been altered and that they should take extra care if they live in the area and are driving home. 

The barricades will allow for movement of essential emergency service vehicles as well as waste and road maintenance vehicles. 

The city says it will roll out eight quiet street sites over the next week with the potential for a total of 22 locations by the end of the month. 

Quiet streets will not be implemented on multi-lane, major or arterial roadways or on roads that have MiWay routes. 

Quiet streets will be in place until Oct.15, 2020.

Work has also begun on the Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project, which includes lowering speed limits to 30 km/h in neighbourhood school zones, implementing school area community safety zones and lowering speed limits on residential streets to 40 km/h.

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