Drivers speeding through Ucluelet have a bumpier ride ahead of them.
The district installed two speed bumps within the playground zone on Matterson Drive last week.
“People don’t seem to be adhering to the 30 km/h speed zone and there’s a lot of community activity in that area, so it was necessary to go to the next step,” mayor Mayco Noel told the Westerly News.
Ucluelet’s playground zone differs from traditional school zones in that the 30km/h speed limit is in effect from dawn to dusk 365 days of the year, rather than being isolated to school hours. Noel said he was not surprised to see irresponsible drivers cause the speed bumps to be needed, despite the high level of activity in the area, which includes the town’s skatepark, basketball court, BMX park, volleyball court and community centre.
“People don’t even use their indicators when they’re turning. That’s just the way motorists are travelling these days, so it’s no surprise unfortunately,” he said.
He added the decision to install the new speed bumps was an obvious one for council to make, noting four similar speed bumps installed on nearby Peninsula Road in 2019 have yielded positive feedback.
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