Letter: Does city see crosswalks as hazardous to the public?

(City of Kelowna) replied that if they put in crosswalks, some children might “assume” that they can cross and will walk without looking.

To the editor:

I would like to encourage the City of Kelowna to put a crosswalk—or two—on Gerstmar in Rutland, as I recommended several months ago. Three girls were hit on that road not long ago, and yet nothing has been changed.

The city did a street survey and found not enough people walk along Gerstmar to justify crosswalks. In the same letter, they also replied to me that if they put in crosswalks, some children might “assume” that they can cross and will walk without looking. I was so upset by this e-mail, that I deleted it.

Recently, a study in Canada found that there are more pedestrians killed in Canada each year than deaths caused in car accidents. The City of Kelowna needs to install more street lights at main intersections. The intersection of Graham and Gerstmar would be a great start.

When I wrote to the city about this, they said to contact Fortis. When I wrote to Fortis, they said to contact the city. Who will help make these important changes then?

Lastly, I would like to see the City of Kelowna invest in placing more garbage cans along main streets. In Alberta you can usually find a garbage can within every three blocks or so—even in the smaller towns.

I do hope these important and yet fairly simple ideas, will be put in place by our newly elected mayor and councillors. By doing so, our streets will be made safer and more beautiful.


Victoria Strandebo, Kelowna



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