Comment 112038

By credmond (registered) | Posted June 04, 2015 at 11:30:20

I have a hunch that the the overall speed numbers (48 km/h as the 85th percentile) were heavily impacted by the stop light. Those speed radars do not discern whether a car was stopped at a light or travelled through the Herkimer and Bay intersection without being impeded. The radar, as the photo shows, was set up maybe 20 or 30 metres beyond the stoplight, so I would guess it clocked a lot of the drivers as they were only beginning to accelerate after the light turned green. If the radar was set up maybe another 20 or 30 metres down the road near the southeast corner of the park I bet the 85th percentile speed would have been much higher than 48 km/h.

The one thing that I don't understand is why there has never once been a 'speed trap' set up on this stretch of Herkimer (Park Street would be a perfect location to catch speeders), yet there are speed traps set up at the top of the escarpment where it is needed least. Or in the stretch of King Street coming over the highway heading into Westdale. Police have spent nearly two years patrolling the speed there, but never once on Herkimer, or even Queen for that matter.

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