The speed hump and plastic bollard combination on Aldous Terrace appears to be working to slow down traffic in that North Saanich neighbourhood

The speed hump and plastic bollard combination on Aldous Terrace appears to be working to slow down traffic in that North Saanich neighbourhood

Road fixes slowing traffic: residents

Plastic bollards helping slow drivers in addition to speed humps in North Saanich neighbourhood

Drivers aren’t straddling the line and barrelling down Aldous Terrace anymore, said resident David Lionas.

The North Saanich man was concerned when the district put in speed humps in late October 2011 in an attempt at slowing down traffic on Aldous and Bourne terraces.

With fire and ambulance services concerned about response time and patient comfort, the district installed speed humps with channels in them. Area residents found them “pretty but useless” Lionas told the News Review at the time. Drivers were not slowing, residents said, instead steering into the ruts.

The district took to heart one of the resident suggestions to put in flexible plastic bollards mid February. They were vandalized about three weeks later, then replaced.

“The comment I got back from the residents is to say they were working,” said Patrick O’Reilly, director of infrastructure services. “Things are better.”

Lionas, whose home looks out at one of the traffic calming bumps on Aldous Terrace, is impressed with the improvement.

“We’ve noticed a complete slowdown. We’ve noticed quite a calming, so far anyway. I haven’t seen anybody really ripping through here,” Lionas said.

“People just naturally are not going to drive into those posts. I would rather have proper speed bumps, but people see those things and they’re going to slow down.”