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City Hall wants to know how you feel about roundabouts – Link to survey and video explainer

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City of Red Deer seeks public feedback on roundabouts

The City of Red Deer wants to hear your thoughts on how multi-lane roundabouts can be made easier for drivers and pedestrians in the city.

Engineering Services is seeking to understand how Red Deerians have adjusted to the existing multi-lane roundabouts so they can consider improvements in the design phase of the new roundabout that will be built at 19 Street and 40 Avenue.

“Adding a roundabout at that intersection will improve safety as reduced speeds and fewer points of impact are proven to reduce serious injury collisions,” said Konrad Dunbar, Engineering Services Manager. “We want to know what Red Deerians think can be improved now that we have had two multi-lane roundabouts in the city for a while.”

The survey is now live on The City’s website at www.reddeer.ca/surveys and will be active until April 12, 2021.

Drivers with questions or concerns about driving in roundabouts are encouraged to visit the City’s Roundabout education website at www.roundabout.how.

DRIVING IN A ROUNDABOUT

What is a Modern Roundabout?

A modern roundabout is a one-way circular intersection that reduces traffic congestion while maximizing safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. They are different than other circular intersections, commonly referred to as traffic circles. A modern roundabout can be thought of as one intersection with an island in the middle, while traffic circles can be thought of as a series of T-intersections.

With slower speeds and fewer points of impact, modern roundabouts have been proven to reduce serious and fatal collisions for all users by up to 80 per cent. Modern roundabouts also reduce delays because drivers yield rather than stop at a red light, and they can handle higher traffic volumes than traditional signalized intersections.

Roundabouts are new for many drivers, but following these basic steps will help you safely navigate roundabouts as a motorist or cyclist:

  1. As you approach the roundabout, slow down and watch for signs to help you select what lane you need to be in, based on whether you’re turning right, left or going straight through.
  2. Choose your lane and signal, just as you would at a regular intersection.
  3. Yield to pedestrians in the entry crosswalk.
  4. Look to the left, yield to all traffic, pedestrians and cyclists in the roundabout, and enter when it is safe to do so.
  5. Stay in your lane to your exit.
  6. Signal right, exit the roundabout and yield to pedestrians in the exit crosswalk.

 

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City of Red Deer expedites patio process for desperate restaurants

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City accommodates demand for patios

Summer patios are popping up throughout Red Deer as an extension to seating areas at local restaurants. Following the mandated closure of indoor dining by the Government of Alberta, outdoor patios are one way food and beverage businesses can continue to operate.

“We know local business owners are struggling to adapt to changing restrictions and wanted to find a way to expedite the application process so these businesses see minimal impact to their operations as a result of closure of indoor dining,” said Erin Stuart, Inspections and Licensing Manager. “The health and safety of Red Deerians is of utmost importance, and participating businesses must ensure that public health orders and provincial restrictions continue to be followed.”

Patios installed on private property require a development permit and may require a building permit. In an effort to offer immediate assistance to businesses, The City is modifying these processes to allow for installation of patios prior to permits being issued, following discussions with the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.

A signed waiver is required by the business owner, allowing for the immediate installation of the patio. The business owner will be responsible for submitting a complete application, including a site plan outlining the location and measurements of the patio and the number of seats, within two weeks of the signed waiver being submitted. The permit will continue to be processed, ensuring safety and legislative requirements are met, and will be valid until September 30, 2021.

For patios within the downtown core, business owners are required to apply for a Seasonal Downtown Patio. Businesses within the downtown core require a boardwalk to be installed around the perimeter of the patio to provide a safe, accessible walkway for pedestrians (this excludes businesses located within Ross Street Patio). The City will build, install, remove and store these boardwalks at no cost to participating businesses.

Interested business owners can visit www.reddeer.ca/seasonalpatios for more information and to begin the application process.

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City will identify potential locations for new homeless shelter by early May

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Council supports interim shelter, directs administration to find alternative location

City Council has resolved to support the continuation of an interim shelter and directed administration to find a new location in collaboration with the Province and service providers.

“We have a responsibility to look after our most vulnerable citizens in a responsible manner, with the interests of the wider community in mind as well,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Without a permanent integrated homeless shelter in place, infrastructure we have been advocating the Province for years to complete, it is no surprise that the public is frustrated, the service providers are frustrated and the vulnerable themselves are frustrated. There are significant consequences in the community for having temporary and insufficient solutions to very complex social challenges, but I am hopeful the preliminary direction Council gave today will help will bridge the gap for vulnerable citizens, the service providers, and our business community and community in general until a more permanent solution can be put into place.”

Within four weeks, administration will bring back options for a new interim shelter location for Council to consider. To ensure the proper processes take place for the relocation, administration will also bring forward a recommendation to extend the operations at the current temporary shelter site at Cannery Row.

“Although we are proceeding with exploration of potential new interim sites, we will most likely need Council to approve an extension of the Cannery Row site until the new location is up and running. When we come back in four weeks, we will bring timing, costs and procedural requirements to make the move to a new site,” said City Manager Allan Seabrooke.

At this time, the Cannery Row site has guaranteed Provincial funding until March 31, 2022. The City will work with the Province and Safe Harbour to secure proper funding for a new temporary location.

“During discussions, Council was made aware of the funding agreement in place, and recognizes there could be financial requirements from The City to move and operate the interim shelter in its new location,” said Seabrooke. “We will gather as much information as possible to allow Council to make an informed decision, including potential operating and capital costs, which will require Council approval.”

“City Council’s resolutions tonight aim to balance the needs of Red Deer’s vulnerable population, surrounding properties and the community as a whole. However, despite our best efforts, Safe Harbour and the Province of Alberta may still select their own site, as long as it is zoned for public service,” said Seabrooke.

The interim shelter is expected to support the community’s vulnerable population until a permanent shelter is operational. On February 7, 2020, the Province committed to $7 million in its 2020 Capital Plan for a purpose built integrated emergency shelter in Red Deer. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Province of Alberta and The City of Red Deer was finalized in February 2021 to establish a general high-level understanding related to the provincially managed project to meet the current and future needs in Red Deer. Specifics about location, timing and operational details have not yet been determined by the provincial government.

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