Speed bumps to be tested in residential areas

Some of the trial speed bumps will be installed on Fairways Dr., where many children play in the street and there are no sidewalks. Photo SPIN

Speed bumps will pop up throughout the village this summer as Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) trials the traffic calming additions. 

For years some who live in local residential areas have contacted council to address speeding in their neighborhoods. In the last few years signs were installed on Burfield Dr. to encourage drivers to be cautious of children playing in the road and the speed limit on a stretch of Sun Peaks Road through the village core was lowered from 50 to 30 kilometres per hour. 

The temporary speed bumps will be mounted on the road on parts of Burfield Dr., Fairways Dr. and Sun Peaks Rd. (near the Crystal Forest complex). 

SPMRM chief administrative officer Rob Bremner said they will be kept in place for a few months as a trial. If they prove to be successful council will include more in next year’s budget. 

In the past councillors have expressed concerns about snow clearing should speed bumps be installed. However, Bremner stated, other mountain resort communities like Whistler, B.C. use them in residential areas with success. 

Should their use continue they could be removed in winter months.

Jason White of White Lyon Road Maintenance, who SPMRM contracts for snow removal, said he saw no problem with their installation. 

“As long as they’re removable in the winter I’m all for it…people are going way too fast,” White said. “It’s a safety thing, I just want people in the community to be safe.” 

“I think it will be good and hopefully will lead to something permanent,” Bremener said. “We have long stretches where people get up to speed and have areas without sidewalks.”