Good news seems to be arriving in two Burnaby neighborhoods suffering from the effects of ratrunners.
On Monday, council appears set to approve the installation of speed bumps at the following two locations: Hythe Avenue, north of Dundas Street to Cambridge Street in the Capitol Hill area, more on Beta Avenue, from Brentlawn Drive to Southlawn Drive in Brentwood, just north of the mall.
Both of these areas have been plagued by ratrunners seeking to avoid Hastings on Capitol Hill and Lougheed in Brentwood during rush hour.
The bumps in the Brentwood area are interesting as this stretch of Beta is just west of where a ratrunner vehicle drove on Brentwood Drive in May.
“The sound of squealing tires, shattering metal and shattered glass echoed again through the quiet streets of Brentwood last week when a high-speed motorist, trying to outrun traffic on Lougheed, collided with other vehicles and overturned his car in the middle of the street. , stopping traffic and interrupting a transit route for over an hour, âlocal resident Matthew Senf told NOW. “Unfortunately, the neighborhood is bewildered by this reckless threat to life and physical integrity, as happens far too often.”
Readers have already told me of other areas that are in dire need of speed bumps.
- Armstrong Avenue and Cumberland Street. Readers say ratrunners are speeding along Armstrong to avoid heavier traffic on the 16 and 10 during rush hour. Things are getting tough in Cumberland, tweeted @JustinNTurcotte: “A designated cycle path that is completely dangerous and nearly impossible to cross during the hours of travel.”
- Reader @Swampo named Cliff Avenue and Curtis for people trying to avoid Duthie during peak times, saying it’s hard to cross. âBut overall kudos to the City of Burnaby for the improvements over the years on my commute from Barnet to Central Park. Excited for the new cycle path along Kensington.
- A reader who wanted to call himself Barnicus said that in the Edmonds / High Gate neighborhood it’s 16th Avenue because people try to avoid Kingsway and Edmonds Street. But the street is not designed for fast traffic, as drivers run east and west, making life dangerous for area residents, many of whom are children.
Ratrunning is a dangerous game as many of these roads are narrow and drivers race to make up for time after getting stuck in traffic.
It is tempting to turn onto one of these side streets and put them on the road, but drivers should remember the dangers they pose to people who live in these quiet neighborhoods when speeding through them.
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