Calls for safety measures get a rough ride

Eight residents of Schubert Road submitted a petition to Armstrong council requesting three speed bumps

Requests to slow down traffic on an Armstrong road have hit a bump.

Eight residents of Schubert Road submitted a petition to city council requesting three speed bumps be installed on the road – one at the top of the hill, one at the gas line marker and one at the 50 kilometre an hour speed limit sign – to address a problem of speeders.

“Other cities have speed bumps year round and seem to have no issue, even with snow removal,” said the petition.

“We feel this is very important for the safety of ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.”

In a report to council, deputy corporate officer Natalie Garbay said installing speed bumps where the posted limit is 50 kilometres an hour poses safety concerns, as vehicles would have to slow down to less than 40 km/h to safely drive over the bumps to avoid vehicle damage.

“As different types of vehicles negotiate speed bumps differently, this can cause a level of unpredictability to the vehicles behind,” wrote Garbay.

‘“Additionally, sudden speed bumps are a concern for the safety of motorcyclists.”

There would also be financial, maintenance and replacement cost implications for council to consider.

Public works began an initiative last year where a speed reader board was placed at various locations.

From 3 p.m. on June 13, 2014, to 9 a.m. on June 16, the board was placed in the 3900 block of Schubert Road. Statistics from the board registered a total of 523 vehicles of which 129 were going more than 50 km/h.

The average speed was 53.31 km/h and the average speed of vehicles going more than 50 km/h was 58.5 km/h.

The maximum speed recorded during that time was 80 km/h on three vehicles.

Council voted unanimously against the residents’ request.

“We don’t like to put speed bumps on our roads,” said Coun. Ron (Sully) O’Sullivan.

“We should defer this to the RCMP and to Citizens Patrol.”

Municipal staff said they would forward the residents’ request to the Armstrong RCMP detachment.