Quidi Vidi Pedestrian-Only Zone and Changes to Traffic Flow

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An ocean inlet surrounded by rolling green hills and scattered with houses and boats.

Following an engagement process in June, St. John's City Council implemented a pedestrian-only zone in the “inner gut” as a pilot project over a series of weekends this summer in Quidi Vidi Village. See details in the document library.

Quidi Vidi Village is one of the City’s most picturesque and iconic locations and is naturally a draw for visitors and tourists. The City’s goal with this project is to provide access to this area in a way that is safe and inviting, while still being feasible for those living and working in the neighbourhood.

Residents, businesses, and regular users of the “inner gut” in Quidi Vidi are encouraged to provide feedback on how well the pilot project worked. Residents and businesses in Quidi Vidi will receive direct mail with a link to an online survey. Feedback from the public who travelled throughout the area can also be provided below, by emailing engage@stjohns.ca, or calling 311 to speak to a member of the project team.

Following engagement, Council will be presented with a “What We Heard” document capturing feedback on the pilot project.

Following an engagement process in June, St. John's City Council implemented a pedestrian-only zone in the “inner gut” as a pilot project over a series of weekends this summer in Quidi Vidi Village. See details in the document library.

Quidi Vidi Village is one of the City’s most picturesque and iconic locations and is naturally a draw for visitors and tourists. The City’s goal with this project is to provide access to this area in a way that is safe and inviting, while still being feasible for those living and working in the neighbourhood.

Residents, businesses, and regular users of the “inner gut” in Quidi Vidi are encouraged to provide feedback on how well the pilot project worked. Residents and businesses in Quidi Vidi will receive direct mail with a link to an online survey. Feedback from the public who travelled throughout the area can also be provided below, by emailing engage@stjohns.ca, or calling 311 to speak to a member of the project team.

Following engagement, Council will be presented with a “What We Heard” document capturing feedback on the pilot project.

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    Why are all the cyclists questions here not reflected in the "what we heard" document and why isn't cycling even mentioned in the staff proposal to council?

    ae asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question. As noted in the what we heard document, it "aims to provide a summary of what was heard from participants during the public engagement process. It is not meant to reflect the specific details of each submission or conversation word-for-word."  There are several sections within the What we Heard that reflect what was heard regarding cycling including the desire of cyclists to use the area for two-way traffic and concerns about bike parking on site. 

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    How does the city propose to allow two-way cycling traffic without adding any infrastructure? With motorists travelling at higher speeds in one-way traffic, it seems like something would have to be done to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe. There are no sidewalks, bike lanes, or permanent traffic calming measures in the area.

    jmsrbbns asked 4 months ago

    These are all considerations to be looked at and there have been many conversations about safety through the consultation.

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    So many of us had to ask about cyclists. Why? Because the city clearly doesn't think that cyclists are traffic. Well we are. So my question is, when will city plans begin to consider and include cyclists without us having to ask?

    ae asked 5 months ago

    Cyclists were considered in the early discussions of this project as they are regular users of the area.  This concept was put forward to solicit feedback from all people who travel through the area, users of the inner gut including the slipway, residents of QV, and businesses in the area to better understand the various needs, limitations, and considerations for the implementation of such a pilot project.

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    Will taxis, GoBus and/or vehicles with accessibility stickers still be permitted to access the Gut? Although I agree with the pedestrian-only proposal in general, I worry that completely banning non-local vehicle traffic may prevent people with diabilities or mobility issues from visiting the area.

    ejjpower asked 5 months ago

    The City's Inclusion Advisory Committee, which includes representation from Go Bus, has been consulted as part of this process. The perspective of people with lived experience is important and will be reflected in what we heard.

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    Your presentation of the one-way traffic proposal makes no mention of the fact that for someone going from, say, Pleasantville to Quidi Vidi the distance will now be about 3.5 kms instead of around 800 meters. Why add to that traffic? Why force people to burn that much extra gas, and emit that much more GHG emissions? There are problems with vehicle/pedestrian interactions on Quidi Vidi Village Road and Barrows Road, because they are so narrow. and they probably would be improved if that stretch were one way. However that problem could also be solved with speed bumps that force cars to slow down and pay more attention, without requiring vehicles to drive so much further. I am disappointed that you did not present the arguments against this proposal, and only mentioned why you are considering it. Shame on you!

    catteau asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. There has been significant discussion among the stakeholders about all of the options proposed. All feedback is being reviewed by the project team.

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    For residents of the area, will they be able to us two way to come and go?

    mhalfyard asked 4 months ago

    The proposed plan would allow this in the inner gut area.

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    Will you be working with Metrobus to improve/increase bus service to Quidi Vidi?

    grantmailbox asked 5 months ago

    There are no funds to do so at this time. Route 15, while not accessible, provides 7-day a week service to Cuckholds Cove.  Route 2 is an accessible route and also operates 7 days a week. People travelling to Quidi Vidi using Route 2 can use the stop on the Boulevard near the Department of National Defense or on Charter Avenue near Arnold’s Loop.  A private enterprise which has recently been approved to operate on Barrow's Rd will also be providing a shuttle service in and out of QV this summer.

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    Is there consideration being made for additional accessible bus transport to Quidi Vidi during peak hours in the summer?

    C asked 5 months ago

    There are no funds to do so at this time. Route 15, while not accessible, provides 7-day a week service to Cuckholds Cove.  Route 2 is an accessible route and also operates 7 days a week. People travelling to Quidi Vidi using Route 2 can use the stop on the Boulevard near the Department of National Defense or on Charter Avenue near Arnold’s Loop.  A private enterprise which has recently been approved to operate on Barrow's Rd will also be providing a shuttle service in and out of QV this summer.


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    I am a bit worried about the speed if it is one way. Now drivers slow down because they fear a truck coming the other way. At high traffic times one way will improve traffic flow but at low traffic times it might increase speed, which is always dangerous for everyone there. Is the one way going to be twenty-four hours?

    tgoldie asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback. No decisions have been made regarding this proposal. 

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    Will the city consider adding some pedestrian infrastructure for the length of Quidi Vidi Village Road. Myself and members of my household travel into and through Quidi Vidi Village regularly by foot and on bicycle to get to work. There is often vehicular traffic traveling at excessive speeds particularly at the sloping curve entering Quidi Vidi just beyond the intersection of Forest Road/Regiment Road/Quidi Vidi Village Road, where there isn't any pedestrian infrastructure. The nature of this inclined curve and narrow right-of-way makes it challenging to see and navigate around vehicular traffic.

    Tavish.russell asked 5 months ago

    Unfortunately, there is no room available to add any infrastructure to the area.