Please add my name to those opposed to the planned reduction of vehicle lanes along 43rd Ave, as recently described in The Morning Star.
I fully support Vernon’s recent efforts to improve our transportation network for pedestrians and cyclists, and hope our mayor, councillors and staff will continue to add to our alternatives to vehicular transport. 25th Ave, between Hwy 6 and 27th Ave, is a good example of a successful improvement for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
A much less successful project is 29th St, which enhanced access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists at the expense of motorists and business owners.
The difference between the two was determined by the plentiful availability of land in the former instance, and lack of land in the latter.
I don’t believe we should be hampering the flow of traffic, and access to existing businesses, in order to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
The owners of these small businesses, which pay property taxes at a rate several times that of residential taxpayers, deserve our support – not a project which will make their lives more difficult.
Why not consider improved sidewalks and a cycling path along 41st Ave, or another route which wouldn’t interfere with motoring traffic?
I appreciate that we have a shortage of land in appropriate places for development of pedestrian and cycling routes, but reducing four traffic lanes to two along a busy well-established artery seems a recipe for resentment and dangerous mixing of competing modes of traffic.
The move toward “traffic calming” may calm traffic, but it sure doesn’t calm drivers or residents of the affected neighbourhoods. Residents and users of Allenby Way, where motorists will soon be jammed into narrow lanes, must be wondering whose interests are being served.
Where will residents and their visitors park? Perhaps on a bike path that won’t likely get used much on such a steep grade!