As reported by the Richmond News, a nasty stretch of road made infamous by four road deaths from 2013 to 2016 is getting 20 cushion type speed humps installed. This section of Richmond’s River Road between No. 7 Road and the Westminster Highway has been called the “Misery Mile” for its tragic toll.
But here’s the surprise~the majority of responding residents in the area told the City of Richmond that they did not want speed hump installation, preferring instead for speed enforcement to be conducted to enforce 50 km/h. Why? As the Richmond News observes “a survey of local residents in the summer, of the 47 who responded, 60 per cent opposed bringing in the speed humps, due to concerns about noise, wear and tear to their vehicles, safety and effectiveness.”
Imagine~residents were more concerned about the impacts on their vehicles of speed humps instead of the safety and comfort of all road users who could be potentially be maimed or killed on this section of road. Cyclists have long viewed this stretch of road as one of the most dangerous in Richmond. Thankfully City of Richmond staff noted that speed enforcement was not enough to temper bad driver behaviour. Council noted that “the proposed speed humps have been very effective on the southern stretch of Gilbert Road, close to Dyke Road, without any damage to vehicles, while allowing them to travel at the speed limit of 50. “Although 60 per cent of the survey respondents indicated non-support for the proposed speed humps, the reasons cited for the opposition were found by staff to be primarily based on personal perceptions. Staff assessment was based on technical analysis prior to developing the recommendation.”
Clearly physical deterrents being installed slow vehicles, including the ones belonging to the locals. As this is a stretch of road favoured by cyclists, signage will indicate when motorists can expect large groups of cyclists, and new road markings will be installed. Cost for the 20 speed humps will be $100,000 and will be covered by the City’s traffic calming program.
Location of road fatalities along River Road. Source: Richmond News
September 28, 2017