Letter: Only in Kelowna do we see such sights

Where else in Canada can you ride a bike without a helmet, on the sidewalks, on the highway; ignore all the Don’t Walk signs at the traffic lights; bike down wrong side of road; don’t have to look when entering a crosswalk or crossing a side street; jaywalk across a major highway; cross the street anywhere you want on the downtown main street?

To the editor:

Where else in Canada can you ride a bike without a helmet, on the sidewalks, on the highway; ignore all the Don’t Walk signs at the traffic lights; bike down wrong side of road; don’t have to look when entering a crosswalk or crossing a side street; jaywalk across a major highway; cross the street anywhere you want on the downtown main street?

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

Where else in Canada do you tout yourself as a tourist destination but have made absolutely no provisions for camp sites, RV parking, and have only three boat launches available which have no parking places for your boat trailer and vehicle?

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

Where else in Canada is a tourist bureau located on a one way street, heading out of town?

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

Where else in Canada is there a beautiful six-lane highway through the center of town where the citizens are forced to endure bumper to bumper traffic behind every logging truck, gravel truck, semi trailer truck, cement truck and every other big rig because of two ridiculous empty HOV lane?

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

Where else in Canada does city council get to have five possible friends dictate whether they deserve a raise or not, instead of letting the citizens determine whether they deserve one ?

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

Where else in Canada does this same city council keep passing bylaw after bylaw and have nobody to enforce them? Or have a council waste valuable time yapping about rabbits, chickens, dogs, planting a vegetable garden for council members and anti idling crap?

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

Where else in Canada can a city transit engineer convince the city council to divert hundreds of big rig trucks from an industrial street to a residential street disrupting thousands of residents 24/7, 365 days a year?

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

Where else in Canada does this same city council keep ignoring the wants and needs of the majority of its citizens? Ie: The CD 21 zone fiasco; now the proposed Cedar Creek park uproar and finally the new seniors center with 1000 sq. ft. less space on two levels so the folks with walkers and scooters have no accessability, and no dedicated parking? But this same council figures $72,000 for landscaping at the new place is OK.

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

And finally. where else in Canada are the utility boxes and garbage cans at bus stops, decorated so wonderfully with beautiful apples?

Only in Kelowna, I bet!

Jim Haire,

Kelowna

 

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