Safety drives protest

Resident says walking along 25th Street is dangerous, particularly for children heading to the local schools

Residents in a Vernon neighbourhood are fed up with putting themselves at risk.

A delegation told city council Monday that walking along 25th Street is dangerous, particularly for children heading to the local schools.

“There have been numerous complaints about the speed of traffic,” said resident Kerry Carlson.

In many cases, the motorists are using 25th Street as a short-cut or to avoid traffic on 27th Street.

“We get a significant amount of traffic,” said Tom Carlson.

The city has been proposing sidewalks for the area but the neighbours say that will do nothing about the speed.

“With sidewalk installation, children who ride their bicycles to school could be more at risk of collision with vehicles in a non-traffic calmed neighbourhood,” states a petition from the residents.

Instead of sidewalks, the residents say there is a need for right-in, right-out medians for vehicles on 25th Street from 30th to 32nd avenues.

“Any vehicle can easily access their destinations on established roads without using our street as a short-cut,” states the petition.

“The road will not be closed and they can continue to enter our road from 30th Avenue from either direction. By not installing a sidewalk on this section, our city taxpayers would also appreciate the cost-saving measure.”

No decision has been made by city council.