LET’S TALK, as the City of Kamloops likes to say. Specifically, let’s talk about transportation priorities, and then you can tell me if you think City council is being consistent and strategic in its approach to how our streets are used.
Vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists compete for space on the city’s streets, and, so far, the automobile continues to win. Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent every year trying to find the right balance, and the effort isn’t always successful.
At this week’s regular meeting, City councillors debated whether to forge ahead with upgrades to the McArthur Island ring road. Officially called the Island Parkway, it’s the skinny little piece of pavement that makes its way around the perimeter of the playing fields and provides a way to drive, walk or cycle the island.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.