Gridlock puts children at risk
Sep 13, 2013 / 6:05 am
The school year has just begun and already some are pulling out their hair about the traffic congestion around their homes during the peak school phases of the day. Glenmore Elementary school traffic on Glenmore Road seems to be causing the most headaches as recent traffic calming measures taken by the city have forced school traffic onto a smaller road.
Leonie Bennett lives in the neighbourhood and feels trapped in her home during the beginning and end of the school day. “You aren’t able to get out of your driveway, there is no way you could get out, and if you did get out you wouldn’t be able to move.” Bennett says the traffic calming measures put in place on Mountain Avenue have only made the situation worse and squished more cars into less space. “We are right in the middle of all this chaos, and it is just getting to the point now where it’s dangerous and the city is just ignoring everything that is going on around us,” notes Bennett.
Bennett explains that the traffic calming measures taken by the city has actually taken away a lot of the parking parents used to use, and it's narrowed the road. She says they also put in two crosswalks half a block from each other and closed the laneway behind the school, which was the original lane used to accommodate the school traffic congestion.
“They’ve redirected all this chaos onto our street and it’s actually worse than it ever was before,” adds Bennett.
City Bylaw Officers and the RCMP are aware of the problem area and have issued citations and tickets in the past, but Bennett says their absence this year has been startling.
RCMP Cst. Kris Clark acknowledges the problem area and agrees with Bennett that the traffic reroute is causing the problem.
On whether the RCMP are going to do more checks in the area Clark says if it is truly a safety concern they will be there and he will now be alerting officials.
“This month our focus is schools so I will certainly be making our traffic safety officer aware who may liaison with bylaw officers as well.”
In the meantime Bennett who took all the photos in this story which feature the traffic situation this morning (Sept. 12) is fearful there will be damage to cars, property and worse that a child may get hurt trying to cross the street during this traffic chaos.
“The traffic is often at a standstill because no one can go anywhere. There are factors that keep people still like the bus, the stop sign, people turning around and traffic coming from all directions, not to mention parked cars on both sides of the streets.”
She says the bus driver who couldn’t get through today shouted at her to call bylaw.
“Someone is going to be seriously injured or much worse a fatality will happen if nothing is done,” adds Bennett.
City Bylaw officials have not returned out calls for comment.
Castanet will follow up this story in two weeks to see if the situation has improved.
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