A new crosswalk is under construction in the commercial area of Metral Drive in Nanaimo’s north end.
Work underway near Cobs Bread and Real Canadian Superstore is part of a “two-staged staggered crosswalk with rapid flashers,” noted the City of Nanaimo’s engineering and public works department, in an e-mail to the News Bulletin.
That section of the road isn’t part of Phase 1 of the city’s ‘complete streets’ Metral Drive work, but is being built by the developer of the new condo buildings, the Met, on that block.
According to documents shared at a City of Nanaimo open house last fall, that section of Metral Drive has raised public concerns about motorists travelling at high speeds on a wide road, not always following traffic signage.
City documents, adapted from the B.C. government’s community road safety toolkit, note that a staggered or off-set crosswalk creates a “zigzag pattern” on the refuge island which “directs pedestrians to face motor vehicle traffic before completing the second stage of their crossing.”
The city’s engineering department said it is co-ordinating construction work with the developer “to ensure there is little to no re-work” once Phase 2 of the Metral complete streets project begins.
City documents, adapted from the B.C. government’s community road safety toolkit, note that an off-set crosswalk “directs pedestrians to face motor vehicle traffic before completing the second stage of their crossing.” https://t.co/taTe0bFKe0 pic.twitter.com/be7hA1hMNl
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