Traffic and Parking: Top Driving Behaviours of Concern

1. Driving the Wrong Way Through  Hawkins Crescent

During peak drop off and pick-up times, please use the WEST entrance to Hawkins Crescent (see map below).

Entering Hawkins Crescent in front to the school during peak drop-off and pick-up times creates many safety issues:

  • Turning left at the pedestrian crossing creates a dangerous situation for pedestrians crossing Strathcona Drive.
  • Turning left onto Hawkins in front of the school during peak times results in increased congestion and driver frustration, and we see the following occur:
    • U-turns
    • Backing into drive-ways to turn around
  • Each of these practices are in the top five driving behaviours that increases the risk of a pedestrian/motor vehicle collision (see table below).
Effectiveness of Built Environment Interventions Around Schools in Improving Road Safety and Increasing Active School Transportation (Toronto). Dr. Alison Macpherson Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Science York University.

 

2. Parking on Hawkins Crescent on the Opposite of the School

When you approach Hawkins Crescent, it appears that you are in luck and found the perfect spot! That is because the majority of our drivers are respecting our Traffic and Parking Management Plan by using the west access to Hawkins Crescent and avoiding to park across the street on the Crescent.

  • In the table above, parking on the opposite side of the street is the top driving behaviour that increases the risk of a pedestrian/motor vehicle collision (see table above).
    • Drivers put themselves and their children at risk by jay-walking to get to the school.
    • After jay-walking drivers put themselves and their children at risk once again by cutting through the congested parking lot.

 

3. Blocking Driveways on Wilson Crescent and Hawkins Crescent

  • NHS drivers continue to block our neighbors’ driveways on Hawkins Crescent and on Wilson Crescent.
  • This was on of the concerns raised in the Hawkins Crescent Traffic Study which included residents on Wilson Crescent.
  • Please note that it is illegal to stop or park a vehicle within 1.5 metres from an access to a garage, private road
    or driveway or a vehicle crossway over a sidewalk [Traffic Safety Act (44)(j)].

 

4. U-Turns in the Middle of the Street

  • Drivers continue to make U-Turns in the middle of Hawkins and Wilson Crescents.
  • Note that making a u-turn is one of the top five driving behaviours that increases the risk of a pedestrian/motor vehicle collision (see table above).
  • U-Turns on a street between intersections is a violation of Section 30(i) of the Traffic Safety Act which states a “person driving a vehicle shall not, at the following locations, turn the vehicle so as to travel in the opposite direction: (a) in the case of an urban area, (i) on a roadway between intersections.”

 

5. Why shouldn’t I be able to use neighbor driveways to turn around?

  • NHS drivers frequently use our neighbors’ driveways on Hawkins Crescent and on Wilson Crescent to turn around.
  • This driving behavior was one of the concerns raised in the Hawkins Crescent Traffic Study which included residents on Wilson Crescent.
  • Backing up in a school zone is one of the top five driving behaviours that increases the risk of a pedestrian/motor vehicle collision (see table above).

 

6. Parking on the Sidewalk

  • Drivers cannot park vehicles with wheels on the sidewalk [Traffic Safety Act (44) (d)].

 

7. Parking Too Close to an Intersection

  • Drivers cannot park within 5 meters of the corner of an intersection [Traffic Safety Act (44) (g)].