Letter: Crosswalk needed at Gerstmar and Graham in Rutland
To the editor:
I am writing this letter because I want to stress the importance of making a crosswalk on Gerstmar and Graham in Rutland. I was appalled to recently find out that three 12 year old girls were recently hit by a car there.
I have written the city three times in the last two years asking for a crosswalk in that exact location. Many Grade 7 to 9 students have cross Gerstmar in rush hour traffic to get to Springvalley Middle School.
I imagine there could also be several elementary aged students going to Springvalley Elementary as well.
I was told by the city that they did a count after I wrote my letter to see how many pedestrians cross per hour to warrant putting a sidewalk in. I was told later, that not enough people cross there to justify a sidewalk.
There is not one single crosswalk along all of Gerstmar Road. I find that unbelievable for what is a highly used main road in Kelowna. I even said in my letter, I hope it does not come to a child being hurt before they agree to put in a crosswalk, but it looks like the traffic officials for the city of Kelowna have now seen this happen.
A crosswalk is such a small investment for a city to make to save the life of a human.
I would also like to see a sidewalk along Graham Road between Gerstmar and Stirling, as it is a very high use area for vehicles. A person needing a cane or in a wheelchair would be taking their lives into their own hands, should they choose to walk this route. When two buses pass, I often need to step onto the sides of people's yards to remain safe.
Please write a letter to the City of Kelowna about these areas as well as any other busy intersections you see that need crosswalks in Kelowna.
Take the time to do it—I only wish I had pursued this further.