Peachland News asked the candidates for Peachland council questions about themselves and important issues. Below is a question asked and the unedited answers received.
Question 12: What is your opinion of the 30 km/h speed limit on Beach Avenue?
|Peter SchierbeckI am a strong believer in this speed along Beach Avenue. As I am sure everyone is aware there are many locations along this piece of road that kids enjoy in the summer and many others walk the rest of the year. I would hate to see an accident and at 30 Km/h this is more unlikely. I believe that at 30 people will travel at 40 and should it be put back to 50 they would travel at 60 and that is dangerous. I recommend to all, travel slower and enjoy the drive, if you want to get there quicker – leave earlier or use Highway 97 which has a speed limit of 70.|
|Ernie HurdI don’t believe the 30 from 13th to Todds is agood idea. Maybe we can seasonally adjust from 13th to 8th but.this would probably cause too much confusion.|
|Eldon KerbesThe 30 km speed limit on Beach Avenue is overkill, especially during the evening and in the winter.|
|Eric HallIt may be ok in the summer but it seems to be unnecessary in the winter. I would advise the RCMP that any enforcement should be done during the summer months only.|
|Keith FieldingI support it.|
|Ken WhiteleggI would like to see just a small change but a safe one increase the speed to at least 40 with school or playground at 30.|
|Lee SawchukLeave the 30km in effect. Beach is frequented by many and safety is paramount.|
|Terry CondonI support the 30 KPH limit The redesign of Beach Av. From 13th to downtown promotes a more relaxed drive. Those in a hurry have the Highway as an option|
|Grant EisworthJust what does the lower speed accomplish? Is there a history of problems in this stretch which call for a lowering of the speed? At least 8 months of the year, the traffic seems extremely light to me. However, during the summer season, it seems to be getting busier and more congested. Especially due to the fact that the total road width has been considerably narrowed (in places) within the last few years. I wonder if there is a concern, would it make sense to lower the speed limit during the time of more congestion, or would this just cause too much confusion.|
|Lindsay BellAnswer not received.|
|Charlette BroadowayThis decision was made at the council meeting right before the by-election last year…I think the 30 km speed limit should have been implemented during the tourist season only and from 8 am to 8 pm only. I drive the road every day, sometimes numerous times per day, and in the summer months is does make sense during the day to drive slow, but now that summer is over, I don’t see a real benefit to 30 km/h, day or night.|
|Cindy FortinIn my opinion, placing a 30 km/h speed limit along the entire lengthy of Beach Avenue was a mistake, and I would like to see it changed. I understand that it is necessary for traffic to slow down from the lights at Princeton Avenue to just past the community centre. But then the traffic speed should be set back to 50 km/h.|
|Vern MobergI think 30K is fine if in a hurry use Hwy|
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