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The purpose of a pilot project depends on the area that is
being studied. Generally there are several goals such as improving traffic
flow, enhancing pedestrian safety and reducing the number of potential conflict
points between vehicles and/or pedestrians. The exact goal will be specific to
Pilot projects are conducted to test changes at low
cost to allow a true evaluation of the project before Council decides whether
or not to implement a permanent change.
During the trial period the City’s
Transportation Engineering group will monitor the area. Observations can
include things such as the number of cars, speed of cars, and traffic flow
patterns. Near the end of the pilot project a public survey will be circulated
to gather direct feedback from those affected. The observations and public
feedback will be combined in an evaluation of the pilot project and presented
to City Council to determine if the changes will become a permanent feature of the
How are motorists, pedestrians and residents notified of the changes?
The City announces the projects in advance via Public
Service Announcement that is posted online and circulated to all local media
outlets. A notice is delivered to
residents and businesses that are directly impacted in the immediate area of the
pilot project. A notice is published in the Telegram, and the City shares the
information on various social media channels.
Each project is also listed on the city of St. John’s engage page - engagestjohns.ca
Will the changes be confusing for visitors or people unfamiliar with the area?
The changes to the area will be clearly marked
using road signs, and other temporary equipment such as rubber curbs, pylons,
and mobile concrete barriers. We expect that pilot projects will take some time
to get used to. Pilot projects stay in place for at least a couple months to
ensure people have enough time to adjust to the change before the evaluation is
What decisions have been made on the 2017 Pilot projects?
Recommendations of each project can be found on the Committee of the Whole meeting minutes for April 11, 2018 (link here ).Council's decision on each project was made at their regular meeting of April 16, 2018 (link here).