ICBC buys Tofino a speed reader

A new speed-reducing tool is set to become a familiar sight on the streets of Tofino.

Mayor Josie Osborne is thrilled to welcome a new $5,000 speed reader board which, she said, was paid for entirely by ICBC.

“This was a District-led initiative, accomplished through regular meetings and communication about road safety with ICBC representatives,” she said.

“Local residents have expressed concerns with particular sections of Pacific Rim Highway, such as the intersection with Industrial Way and in front of the Gas’n’Go, so District staff felt a speed reader board could help improve road safety.”

The mobile board will be placed at various locations throughout town advising drivers of their speed and hopefully slowing down speeders.

“Speed reader boards are proven method of calming traffic by reminding drivers how fast they are travelling, and they collect data which can be used to help justify speed limit changes or help determine crosswalk viability,” Osborne said. “District staff plan to move the portable speed reader board around to different locations within the District, with a particular emphasis on locations where pedestrian safety is a concern.”