Should traffic-calming devices stay on Quayside Drive to stop ratrunners?

The city will consider whether temporary speed humps and raised crosswalks on Quayside Drive should stay in place.

Metro Vancouver installed the traffic-calming measures along Quayside Drive, between K de K Court and Laguna Court, to deter speeders and ratrunners while parts of Front and Columbia streets were closed during work on a major sewer upgrade. The project recently wrapped up, but the city asked Metro Vancouver to leave the traffic-calming measures in place while it reviews the issue and decides if they should remain in place permanently.

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According to a staff report, if the city opts to make the measures permanent, they would be reconstructed to meet existing design guidelines and to improve accessibility at the raised crosswalk. Although some excessive speeding (more than 70 kilometres per hour in a 50 km zone) continues, staff say there’s been a 58 per cent drop in incidents of extreme speeding since the speed humps and raised crosswalks were installed.

After getting input from area residents, staff will report back to council with a recommendation.

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