Coun. Carl Jensen says he would not be surprised if Central Saanich were to re-examine speed limits in Brentwood Bay (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Coun. Carl Jensen says he would not be surprised if Central Saanich were to re-examine speed limits in Brentwood Bay (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Central Saanich councillor says council may re-examine speed limits in Brentwood Bay

Coun. Carl Jensen says he wouldn’t be surprised if council were to move on the issue

A Central Saanich councillor said he would not be surprised if council were to look at lowering speed limits in Brentwood Bay in the future.

The current speed limit on all streets in Brentwood Bay in 40 kilometres per hour, unless previously signed, following a decision by the previous council. Efforts by Coun. Carl Jensen to drop this limit to 30 kilometres per hour on smaller residential roads failed.

“At the time, it wasn’t supported by that council, ” he said. “Now, with the current council, there have been some discussions, I would say, informal discussions at this point, and what I would say is that I wouldn’t be surprised if you see further discussions or a motion coming forward at the council table looking at that as well.”

RELATED: Central Saanich council calls for higher speeding fines

While Brentwood Bay has taken some steps in that direction, other neighbourhoods might have to follow.

“We need to take a look at Tanner Ridge and Saanichton as well,” he said. “Are we happy with 40 kilometres per hour on residential streets or do we want to look at 30 kilometres per hour.”

The question of speed limits on the municipality’s road network of 135 kilometres of local roads (plus 15 kilometres of bike lanes) has been a topic of much discussion in recent years. (By way of background, Central Saanich’s traffic bylaw states that “no person shall operate a vehicle upon a highway within the District at a greater rate of speed than 50 kilometres per hour, except where otherwise indicated by a traffic control device).

During this time, many residents having complained loudly about excessive speeds, especially in residential neighbourhood and around local schools, but also along major feeder roads, including West Saanich Road and Wallace Drive, which stand accused of being unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Speeding vehicles is also a concern and there have been suggestions for traffic calming in various neighbourhoods,” reads a 2019 staff report to council. This said, the same report also concludes that “in general, Central Saanich has an average number of ICBC claims, suggesting that there is not a significant problem with road safety.”

To help deal with excessive speeding, Jensen has been pushing for higher speeding fines, an agenda that has met with recent success when Central Saanich council forwarded a motion calling on the province to raise spending fines to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC). The motion could then appear for discussion at the 2020 Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference Sept. 21 to 25 in Victoria, B.C. if AVICC delegates were to endorse it at their 2020 convention April 17-19 in Nanaimo.

Jensen, who currently serves as AVICC’s president, acknowledges that the volume of UBCM motions aimed at the provincial government can make it challenging to be heard.

“I would hope that this would be one that could rise to the top to what is achievable,” he said. “Certainly, there is an increased focus on road safety. This [motion] would be something that would fall into the provincial government’s strategic objective of trying to make our road safer and also reduce fatalities [under Vision Zero].”

When asked about whether Central Saanich might also push for lower speed limits on Highway 17 — which runs through the municipality, but remains outside its jurisdiction — Jensen said he has not heard much concern from residents.

“Personally, I am not hearing a lot of feedback from residents about that being a concern per se,” he said. “The concerns I hear on the council table are more about the residential streets.”


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Just Posted

Plans to restore the ecology of Sidney Island include the eradication of fallow deer first introduced in the early 1900s. (Parks Canada/Submitted)
Parks Canada proposal calls for eradication of fallow deer on Sidney Island

Proposed eradication part of a larger plan to restore local ecology but obstacles remain ahead

Ryan Cootes, Erin Bremner-Mitchell, Bill Collins and Mike Williamson of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation are here seen holding up seaweed grown in Barkley Sound in July 2020. The Sidney-based company has organized the inaugural Seaweed Days Festival running May 17 to May 23. (Cascadia Seaweed Corporation/Submitted)
Let’s hear it for seaweed: slimy, unsexy and the world’s greatest untapped food source

Experts talks emerging industry’s challenges and potential at Sidney inaugural Seawood Days Festival

A forest of dance-protesters outside the BC Legislature on April 11. These participants were doing the Dance for the Ancient Forest in support of the Fairy Creek blockade and against old-growth logging. (Zoë Ducklow/News Staff)
Arrests begin at Fairy Creek blockade on Vancouver Island

Five protesters arrested as RCMP begin to enforce injunction

Saanich police are asking for the public’s help locating missing woman Christina Olsen, 41, who was last seen on May 15 in the 4500-block of Blenkinsop Road. (Photo via the Saanich Police Department)
MISSING: Police seek woman last seen at Saanich mental health facility

Christina Olsen, 41, left Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility on May 15

A dramatic four-vehicle crash at the intersection of Government and Herald streets brings standstill in downtown Victoria on May 18. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
UPDATE: Downtown Victoria intersection reopens after 4 car crash injures passengers, slowed traffic

Traffic impacted after crash closes Government and Herald streets

A prowling coyote proved no match for a stray black cat who chased it out of a Port Moody parking lot Friday, May 14. (Twitter/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Little but fierce: Cat spotted chasing off coyote by Port Moody police

The black cat is seen jumping out from under a parked car and running the wild animal out of a vacant lot

A thunderstorm pictured in Fraser Valley in 2021. (Black Press Media/Jaimie Grafstrom)
Wildfire concerns sparked after 320+ lightning strikes blasted B.C. yesterday

Approximately one-quarter of the province is currently listed as being at moderate risk of fire

A restaurant server on White Rock’s Marine Drive serves customers on a roadside patio. Indoor dining and recreational travel bans have been in effect since late March in B.C. (Peace Arch News)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate falls to 411 cases Tuesday

360 people in hospital, up slightly, two more deaths

The Banff National Park entrance is shown in Banff, Alta., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Minister asks Canadians to camp carefully in national parks as season starts

Kitchen shelters in Banff National Park closed, trails on Vancouver Island will only be one-way

Names of those aboard the ship are seen at Komagata Maru monument in downtown Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The City of Vancouver has issued an apology for its racist role in denying entry to 376 passengers aboard a ship that was forced to return to India over a century ago. Mayor Kennedy Stewart says discrimination by the city had “cruel effects” on the Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims aboard the Komagata Maru, which arrived in Burrard Inlet on May 23, 1914. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says sorry for city’s role in turning away South Asians in 1914

Kennedy Stewart has declared May 23 as the annual Komagata Maru Day of Remembrance

A crew of WestCoast WILD Adventures employees tackled an onslaught of litter left at the ‘Locks of Love’ fence at Wally Creek on May 2. (Anne-Marie Gosselin photo)
Litter woes consume popular ‘Locks of Love’ fence on B.C.’s Pacific Rim

Popular view spot near Tofino plagued by people hanging masks and other unwanted garbage

A game camera near the Klahoose reservation on Cortes Island caught this glimpse of a truck leaving the woodlot at around 2:30 on Sunday morning. Photo supplied by Klahoose First Nation
Indigenous cutblock vandalised on Cortes Island, anti-logging element suspected

Ribbons pulled down, gravel poured into gas tank at Klahoose First Nation site

Announced Tuesday, May 18 by Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, the province added gyms, dance and fitness studios to its list of places where face coverings are mandatory. (AP/Steven Senne)
Masks now required at all times inside B.C. gyms, including during workouts

Those who disobey could be subject to a $230 fine

Reinhard “Bud” Loewen of Abbotsford has now been charged with 21 counts of sexual assault related to his massage business. (Facebook photo)
Former Abbotsford masseur now faces 21 counts of sexual assault

Bud Loewen of Bud’s Massage Therapy initally faced three charges

Most Read