Letter: Speed measures don’t address Granite St. issues

Traffic calming devices are the only logical way to control speed on Granite Street, not to mention overweight trucks

Re: Roundabout the cure to Granite Speedsters, Oak Bay News, Your View, Dec. 9

I concur with Mr. Hobsons’ assessment that traffic calming devices are the only logical way to control speed on Granite Street, not to mention overweight trucks.

I found Coun. Kevin Murdoch’s disingenuous joke about Oak Bay residents needing to speed up, less than funny, when he need only walk 100 metres to Granite Street to witness endless traffic at speeds well above the already 40 km/h posting.

I would submit that by using a calculator to determine the actual cost of the outsourced consultant’s report (still conspicuously absent from the website) as well as the cost of adding and changing speed signs may outweigh the cost of a simple speed bump or roundabout device on Granite. This is a safety issue that doesn’t require a pithy slogan like “40k in Oak Bay.”

Also mentioned was the point of whether speed reductions or added deer crossing signs would prevent deer collisions in some way. Studies have shown that deer typically do not read these signs any better than do people.

Possibly Oak Bay could install a sign at its entrance that might read, “35 km/h – Zero tolerance for speeders. Slow down or else.” Then Oak Bay could be the speeding ticket capital of B.C. and donate all proceeds to charity.

How’s that for pithy?

Brian Davis

Oak Bay