This was 64 years ago – and we thought we had traffic noise problems!

Column by Dan McKenzie published in the Columbian newspaper July 10, 1948

The Royal Columbian Hospital Speedway

I was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, May 22nd. Conditions had changed very little from the time I had been a patient there two years ago. The B.C. Electric buses have been transformed into practically noiseless vehicles, which helped the situation. However, on Saturday night I counted between 20 and 30 motorcycles that roared by with cutouts open; sometimes 3 and 4 abreast, also a similar amount of trucks, and to climax the performance, there were two wedding parties went by, four cars in each, fully attuned with old tin cans etc. These disturbances were repeated with variations on Monday May 24th and, in fact, at 2:15 in the morning, we had a visit from a loudspeaker car calling for men for the dykes on Lulu Island.

What about the noise bylaw which I believe Ald. Cook so enthusiastically sponsored several years ago?

95% of the traffic that goes through the hospital zone does not observe the regulations. Does “QUIET, HOSPITAL ZONE – SPEED LIMIT 20 MILES AN HOUR” mean anything? Is there ever anybody prosecuted for violations?

It is no exaggeration to say that every Saturday night, between the hours of eleven and daylight 100 cars go through this area at speeds from 40 miles up to 70 miles.

Must we wait until the mayor or the police commissioners are seriously hospitalized before we get some action on this condition which is a disgrace to the city?

Contributed by Carol McMeekin

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