The new blinking stop signs are designed to promote road safety. ICBC chipped in for about a third of their costs. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

New $7,300 blinking signs stopping traffic in Oak Bay

ICBC chipped in for cost of solar powered signs that will be circulated arond the community

There’s a new sign in Oak Bay. Actually, there are two of them.

The solar powered flashing red stop signs at the intersection of Hampshire Road and Oak Bay Avenue and at Cadboro Bay and Beach Drive blink in a pattern, and the light itself is self-powered and mobile.

They cost $7,300, with ICBC contributed $2,600.

“Oak Bay will shift the locations of the stop signs on a regular basis going forward,” said Daniel Horan, Director of Engineering Services.

“The idea was to create an adaptable traffic calming measure that we could put in place either to have a direct short term impact on driver behaviour, or to study the impact of traffic calming on specific intersections that are slated for improvements in the near future,” he said.

During Oak Bay’s annual road improvements discussion with ICBC, they floated the concept of purchasing these moveable and solar-power stop signs. That’s when ICBC agreed to chip in some of the funding.

READ ALSO: Car blows stop sign in Oak Bay (video)

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