Traffic cause for concern

The Ecole Beairsto PAC is looking for public support to make the area safer for students.

A meeting is planned for 7 p.m. tonight at Kalamalka Secondary School with the school board to express the need for crossing guards.

The elementary school is on 27th Street at 35th Avenue, a road that sees heavy daily traffic and that has many parents concerned for the safety of their children.

Christie Tujik, Beairsto District Parent Advisory Council representative, said the school's PAC has been working on the issue for for more than two years and will present their case in person to school board officials tonight.

The Beairsto PAC has gathered mounds of information the volume of traffic that goes past the school, and have spoken with government agencies and officials about the situation.

The PAC representatives are planning to present the school board with some 30 pages of information, including how much it would cost to have crossing guards at the school.

“In the mornings and after school there have been some close calls with the students,” said Tujik. “We're trying to get the school to provide and pay for crossing guards.”

The speed limit along 27th Street is 50 km/h and Tujik said Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure officials said a 30 km/h school zone is not an option because the road is a major artery through the city.

“With the congestion of the parking lot and the congestion of the road people aren't paying attention and the children aren't paying attention either,” said Tujik. “We can teach them as much as we can, but unless we all work together, that's the only way we can build safety for our children.”

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