I think there needs to be more input from some of the important players who are going to have an ongoing interest in the traffic pattern in downtown Kamloops.
Those important players are the members of our first responders. What is the view held by the RCMP, EHS (BC Ambulance Service) and Kamloops Fire Rescue about having, in effect, three “Victoria Street scenarios” in the downtown core of South Kamloops?
On CFJC, I watched an interview with one City manager who appears to support three Victoria Streets downtown. Then, a business owner who stands to gain financially from the changes to downtown, gave his opinion. He also happens to sit on City council.
And, by the way, there is a possibility that emergency response vehicles will lose 4th Avenue as a route between Victoria Street North a.k.a. Lansdowne Street, Victoria Street Main and Victoria Street South a.k.a. Seymour Street. A couple of people playing violin, ukulele, flute or guitar might be entertaining to a few other people sipping on a coffee and eating a sweet treat from a nearby coffee shop a mere stone’s throw from a new performing arts centre.
Failure to allow input from BC Transit, our city bus service, would also be foolhardy. Public transit is an important part of life for every other city which comes to mind.
Let’s put ourselves in the driver’s seat of a large transit vehicle that is trying to keep a tight schedule and get a number of people to the downtown exchange. What becomes routine on Victoria North and Victoria South are traffic obstructions due to vehicles attempting to parallel park on the new 2-way streets. Or, more traffic tie-ups with vehicles wanting to make a left turn at a light. Or, even a fender bender could happen. Or, a pedestrian vs. motor vehicle takes place.
I think it is time to allow some input from these other players on the field.
Some of those business owners might be plenty worried if they are facing an armed robbery and the RCMP is unable to respond in a timely fashion. I believe that was a real life experience for the business owner who is publicly touting the idea to slow down the flow of traffic in the downtown core.