Protect the safety of residents & reduce speed limit for part of Pigeon Lake Rd to 60km/hr
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The current speed limit of 80km/hour is a serious safety concern for local residents and seasonal visitors, specifically in the 3km stretch of road between Hwy 36 and Victoria Place. This area is the edge of Bobcaygeon, a community of active residents, young and old. In addition, there are thousands of young families visiting this area; staying at cottages, resorts and the trailer parks. We estimate that the peak population along this roadway (including visitors in the summer season) is as high as 2500 between Hwy 36/Pigeon Lake Road and Pigeon Lake Road/Victoria Place.
As you head south on Pigeon Lake Rd from Hwy 36, there are immediately several intersections to lanes leading to local residences, in addition to driveways every 100-300-ft on both sides of Pigeon Lake Road. The speed limit of 80km/hour, makes it difficult for road traffic to slow down safely. It also makes it difficult for residents to safely exit their driveways onto Pigeon Lake Road during peak summer traffic.
Residents using the passing lane by Birch Cove at full speed may find themselves on top of the trailer park.
Residents along the west side of the road have their mailboxes and garbage pick-up on the east side of the road, forcing pedestrian cross-ways (with pedestrians lugging their garbage and heavy recycling bins) along a high-speed roadway every 100 to 300-ft.
Homes with children along Pigeon Lake Road (a growing trend) have the risk of running into the street or have a ball roll into the street when playing. This is not only a risk to the resident children, but also to the safety of the drivers who are likely unaware of this being a populated area with children playing nearby.
Pedestrian traffic along Pigeon Lake Road between Hwy 36 and Victoria Place is year-round, with residents going for walks and runs daily. Cyclist traffic in the Spring to Fall has increased, particularly between the trailer parks (Lilac Lodge, Birch Cove and Green Acres) and Hwy 36 as visitors from these parks cycle into the village of Bobcaygeon.
In 2011, a young girl was hit by a car on Pigeon Lake Road/Ranch Road. The girl's injuries were life-threatening. https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/3687141-5-year-old- hit-by-car-update/
In 2009, an elderly man was hit by a motorcycle while walking along Pigeon Lake Road. http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/archives/showthread.php?88244-Accident- today-on-Pigeon-Lake-Rd
We hope that action will be taken to adjust the speed limit to take into consideration the populated area, the pedestrian and cyclist traffic, and improve road safety for the local community.
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