An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
THE REOPENING OF Westsyde elementary in September could have benefits that go beyond education.
One of the concerns raised by parents when the Kamloops school board was considering the issue has to do with traffic on Westsyde Road in front of the school, and the board has committed to working with the City to resolve those concerns.
The speed limit will be reduced, of course, but RCMP will also run radar and keep a close watch on speeders. And, a second crosswalk at the school will be looked at.
Those are all good things but it shouldn’t stop there.
Last summer, while traffic improvements were being made at the opposite end of Westsyde Road at Westmount elementary, I suggested a review should be done of traffic issues along the entire length of it all the way to Westsyde elementary.
As I pointed out then, pedestrians and drivers are in constant conflict despite the installation of flashing lights at crosswalks. Though it’s my impression that the situation has improved from what it used to be, pedestrians and drivers are still careless and another tragedy is waiting to happen — pedestrians don’t take advantage of the flashers as they should, or they dart out onto the roadway, and drivers don’t pay attention.
I suggested permanent flashing yellow lights and warning signs all along the route as one step.
With the improvements at Westmount elementary, and the ones to come at Westsyde elementary, traffic calming will be like book ends, with the same old problems continuing in between.
So, I’ll ask again. Why not expand the study of what needs to be done at the school into the entire road between the Dunes golf course and the Halston overpass?
It just might save someone’s life.
I’m Mel Rothenburger, the Armchair Mayor.