An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE worst crosswalk?
I have a couple.
The one on Columbia Street just outside the Broadcast Centre is one. It’s not hard to miss the flashing lights or the pedestrians crossing to the median.
The crosswalk on Eighth Street at the Dairy Queen is another. Pedestrians need to be at the top of their game.
Neither of them is on the immediate-action wish list under budgeting consideration. Engineering staff have identified 39 of the city’s 390 marked crosswalks as in need of upgrading to meet new national standards. The report isn’t light reading but criteria include things like accident rates, visibility and traffic volume.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.