The City of Langley will spend more than $90,000 on speed bumps and other measures to deter speeding near the children’s playground in Brydon Park. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Curbing speeding in Langley City

Speed bumps are coming to Brydon Park children’s playground

Speeding drivers who’ve been ignoring the posted 30 km/h speed limit and the stop signs at a Langley City children’s playground are in for a rough ride.

The city will be installing four speed bumps and a raised crosswalk near the Brydon Park playground, located at the corner of 53 Avenue and 198 Street.

The traffic calming measures will include a fence along the 198 street side of the playground and curb extensions to narrow the road at the intersection of 198 Street and 53 Avenue.

The estimated cost is about $90,000.

Construction is expected to begin by the fall, at the latest.

A report to council by Manager of Engineering Services Kara Jefford said a survey of the area found respondents were 82 per cent in favour of traffic calming measures.

Jefford said other measures to quell speeding could be installed in the future such as flashing beacons at crosswalks, a roundabout and more road narrowing.

Jefford said while the project is within the 2017 traffic calming budget of $400,000 “the increased scope of traffic calming recommended may result in reducing the budget for other traffic calming priorities” and an additional budget may be required.

Last year, a survey carried out as part of a development permit application by the builder of the Uptown Village townhouse project at 55 Avenue and 198 Street revealed the average daytime speed in the playground zone was 55 km/h.

When police radar was deployed on the street to deter heavy-footed drivers, during one day in February, traffic officers handed out 16 tickets, 13 for speeding and three for failing to stop at the stop signs.

A report by Insp. Peter Jadis, the Langley RCMP detachment Operations Officer, called the playground a “traffic hot spot.”

Last year, residents of the area told the Times the traffic study results were no surprise.

“It’s really bad,” John Wahl said.

Wahl said some drivers appear to be using the route past the playground to avoid the traffic lights near 56 Avenue and 200 Street.

Shari Lebbé said the worst offenders seem to be delivery vans and taxis.

“I often yell at them (to) slow down,” Lebbé said.

“That’s way too fast, especially with the (Nicomekl) school up the street.”

Ron Campbell said some speeders are regular commuters.

“There’s a Subaru station wagon that goes tearing past (every day)” Campbell said.

The posted speed limit in playground zones is 30 km/h from dawn to dusk, every day of the year, not just on school days.

According to the ICBC website, drivers caught speeding in a playground zone face a fine of between $196 and $253 and the addition of three points on their driver’s licence.

A motorist who is more than 40 km/h over the limit can be fined $368 to $483 for excessive speed and receive three points.

The Brydon Park children’s playground was rebuilt between December 2015 and February 2016, with play structures for children ages one to five, and five to 12, with swings suitable for each age range, climbing features, slides and and a push-it-yourself merry-go-round.

Brydon Park also has a paved play area for ball hockey and basketball an intermediate soccer field and a softball diamond.

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