Led by Rob Greene and Ralph Ferens, residents of the 4100 and 4200 blocks of Capilano Road urged the District of North Vancouver council to address speeding concerns in the area. At a council meeting of the District of North Vancouver on January 22, Green and Ferens spoke about near-misses in the area and outlined safety solutions.
Greene told the council how a car veered off the road and landed in a hedge, narrowly missing one of their neighbours. It was one of the many incidents they have seen at the bottom of the ‘S’ curve on Capilano Road. They highlighted the frequency of incidents in the area, which have escalated since the repaving of Capilano Road and the new sidewalks.
Speaking on behalf of area residents, he urged the council to consider implementing safety measures such as flashing lights with speed indicators to slow down traffic on the S curve of Capilano Road. “We would like to see a flashing light, possibly with a speed-reading sign, when travelling southbound at the top of the S curve, at the transition from the 4300 blocks to the 4200 blocks to slow people down to minimize the possibility of losing control,” he said.
Ferens also pointed out this stretch of the road where numerous incidents have occurred, including cars veering off the road and crashing into a neighbour’s wall. “We have seen cars hit this wall maybe half a dozen times, and there are insurance claims and police reports that can document how many times this granite wall has been replaced,” Ferens said.
Another resident, Vera Gibson, related an incident where two neighbours had a narrow escape as a car came through the barrier to the sidewalk. “It’s getting to the point where it just feels unsafe, and it’s not just about cars getting crashed, it’s lives, and Ralph’s daughter was one of the kids who was just about to get hit,” she said.
Mayor Mike Little noted that the District of North prioritizes work based on ICBC stats, though staff will look at other areas based on anecdotal reports.