Last night at around 6:30 a woman was struck while crossing Findlay Creek Drive near the plaza. We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to her for a speedy and full recovery.
The FCCA has, many times over the years, acknowledged and advocated for a solution to the precarious nature of this area for both pedestrians as well as drivers. We will continue to advocate for this issue, and will certainly update the community with solutions as soon as possible.
While we work with the City to address this issue, as well as a number of road issues in our community, we ask that drivers please drive with caution in the community. Cautious driving, slowing down and making full stops at stop signs is contagious. If you do it, others around you will follow suit.
In response to the accident on Sept 6th, the FCCA re-requested that a traffic signal be installed at the mall entrance at Findlay Creek Drive. This would improve safety for both pedestrians and vehicles entering/exiting the plaza.
Statement in from Councillors office:
Traffic Services is looking into this and preliminary traffic counts they had from 2014 did not warrant any modifications at this location. They are waiting for additional and more recent data at this location. Here is some context for your reference:
We are currently waiting for the 2015 collision records for this intersection to determine if there is a pattern present which will support a decision to push for a right in/right out operation. As it stands now, from the 2014 collision history, there were only 3 collisions that occurred at the entrance, two with vehicles trying to enter the site and one when a vehicle was leaving making a left hand turn. Based on this, it would be hard to justify making the changes at this location.
We conducted a traffic count at the entrance to the mall during the 3pm to 10pm time period on March 8th, 2016 which is attached to this email [FINDLAY CREEK DR AND FINDLAY CREEK MALL ENT 2016]. A total of 822 vehicles exiting the mall turning left onto Findlay Creek and 679 vehicles turned right. There were a total of 828 vehicles turning left from Findlay Creek into the plaza during the same time frame. The video footage from the count has been reviewed by staff to evaluate conflicts that may have been captured during the count on March 8th and from the footage, we found that there were two occurrences with vehicles turning left out of the plaza onto Findlay Creek westbound that could have resulted in a collision if driver action was not taken to avoid the collision. There were a number of other situation that could be contributed to the driver not perceiving the intent (left or continuing through) of the driver travelling westbound on Findlay Creek Drive’s which caused some minor adjustments and loss of right of way for motorists on Findlay Creek.
I will keep you posted on options moving forward as soon as I have more information, but in the meantime would continue to encourage residents to utilize either of the controlled intersections just west and east of the plaza for their safety.