Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Community Presentations: Speeding on 208th Street. $20,000 Raised for Douglas Park School by Pickleballers

Last Monday, Langley City Council had two deligations at our meeting. The Douglas Park Pickleball Club was the first delegation. They spoke about their recent pickleball tournament, which saw about 250 players and raised $20,000 to support Douglas Park Community School. This tournament was a great success, and Council thanked them. The Club asked Council to install more pickleball courts in Douglas Park. Staff noted that, while not proposed for the 2024 budget year, additional pickleball courts for the park are in the upcoming five-year capital projects plan.

The 2023 Douglas Park Pickleball Charity Tournament.

Council next received a presentation from Arnold & Valerie Sikkema. They presented their neighbourhood's concerns about speeding on the 208th Street Hill, otherwise known as the Berry Hill (as 208th Street used to be called Berry Road.) They provided a compelling presentation about the many crashes on that section of road, including through people's hedges and fences. They also presented an 86-person petition to ask Langley City to take action.

A damaged sign due to the latest crash at Grade Crescent at 208th Street. Photo by Councillor Mike Solyom.

Councillor Albrecht presented a Notice of Motion as a result of this presentation for Council to consider at its next meeting. The motion is that:

Staff request ICBC for speeding and red-light cameras at the intersection of 48th Avenue and 208th Street and 45A Avenue and 208th Street (pending this signals installation) or other applicable locations to provide tangible and measurable evidence that proves speed is a real and serious concern along this corridor.
Staff review and explore engineering safety improvements, traffic calming, dedicated bus lanes or any other measures that will slow down traffic at Grade Crescent and 208th Street specifically, along 208th Street Hill and other locations along 208 Street in general, including the associated costs as part of Langley City's new Transport 2045 plan.

Anyone can present to Council at a meeting. Please view Langley City's Delegations and Community Spotlight request process for more information.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

208st, Berry Hill has been a problem spot for years and nothing new there. From the traffic light at 44th Ave to Fraser highway some people think it is their own race track with speeds over 80km. Maybe speed cameras are needed but sure as hell not a dedicated bus lane because then they just speed in the lane left over. A concept might be policing it more as you hardly see speed traps.