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Slow Sign and Turtle Time

THEY SAY:

Information Report: April 3, 2017
SUBJECT/REPORT NO: Rare Turtle Recovery, Wildlife Corridor Issues and Roads of Issue at Cootes Paradise
(PW16024a) - (City Wide)

Traffic Issues on Cootes Drive Traffic Operations & Engineering has been working with the Ward 13 Councillor on traffic signage along Cootes Drive. Four (4) traffic signs (with flashing lights) operating during turtle migration season will be installed in the spring of 2017. The migration period for turtles is generally around the months of June, early July and September but can vary due to weather conditions. The traffic signs are useful in alerting motorists of potential turtle crossings on that roadway.

RESTORE COOTES SAYS:

Is it working? Is there any evidence that it is helping turtles or even slowing vehicles?

We're betting it has little to no impact - the light is always flashing, if turtles are present or not, the road is built for speed and it makes it dangerous to slow down.

We hope to find out more…

Poor Spencer Creek

Poor Spencer Creek. Every so often some sort of catastrophe befalls the creek and undoes previous good work to create a healthier ecosystem.

Maybe it's time to do a safety audit along the creek to determine where the next problem might be lurking?

Citizen action resulted in a response to this latest - construction related - incident that released sediment to muddy the waters. See the twitter timeline below:



NEWS SOURCE: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7578797-bridge-project-spills-sediment-down-spencer-creek/

Counting On Cootes

Thinking about the other evening, tabling at Supercrawl.

I set up for 6pm, and closed up at 10pm: so that's four (4) hours.

Someone with a counter at the front door clicked in 1000 people.

So, average 250 people per hour. (It honestly didn't feel like that many, but I have no doubt about the veracity of the reported number).

I had 22 people stop and sign the actual pledge.

That would average 5 people per hour signing the pledge.

What's that, 12 minutes per pledge on average?

22/1000 is: 2.20% So just over 2% of attendees actually stopped and took an action.

Maybe that's pretty good?

I felt quite happy with the pace and the results. It's something to build on anyway, with almost all those pledgers also agreeing to join our mailing list. Before the event I had nobody on the list, now I am up over 20.

Three reasons we want you to avoid driving on Cootes

This time of year, these baby snappers are trying to get places. They have a rough time as it is, being small and snackable for some predators, and subject to road kill on Cootes Drive and Olympic.

You probably wouldn't notice these when you are travelling in your vehicle at 80 km/h. Yet that's the speed limit on Cootes, which is precisely where so much wildlife lives in the adjacent marsh.

So we encourage you to take our pledge, and limit your drive-time on these roads that cut through a nature preserve. Do it for the kids.

Link to Pledge form: http://bit.ly/ProtectTurtlesCootes
It only takes a minute to do the pledge, and it will generally only add a minute to your drive between Dundas and Hamilton to follow through on the pledge.

Take another look at the baby turtles: there are your three good reasons.

Thanks for your support.

How to help a snapping turtle cross the road (and keep all your fingers!)

Everything you need to know here!

Got a minute to save a (wild) life?

Can you spare one minute for the turtles?
A minute here; a minute there,  time to save lives! 

The other night I had a chat with someone who presented a more complicated routing issue between Dundas and Hamilton. Someone living in the Hopkins Court section of town would pay a higher price in time to avoid Cootes and Olympic (6 more minutes given Cootes would take 8 minutes vs 14 minutes using the York/Osler combo.) But this is the exceptional circumstance. If drivers took alternatives at least for some journeys, it's going to help overall, right?



What do you think? Can you spare a minute or five?