LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City has an obligation as far as pedestrian safety

This is about ensuring the basic physical safety of our citizens, says letter writer

To the editor,

My heart goes out to the latest pedestrian victim hit in a crosswalk.

This city claims that pedestrians are their top transportation priority, yet when it comes to ensuring their safety we get excuses about costs, how complicated road engineering is, framing safety concerns as minor inconveniences, more studies and little action.

RELATED: Woman airlifted with serious injuries after being struck by car in Nanaimo

The Bruce and Albion crosswalk was flagged by the RCMP as one of the worst in the city, a person was killed by a driver in 2016, no studies were done about pedestrian safety for 12 years, and then the road was rebuilt with no improvement here for walkers.

This isn’t the only instance where pedestrians are put at risk. The city refuses to enforce bylaws for sidewalk snow clearing and defends their right to plow snow onto sidewalks, suggesting people walk in the street. Seventh Street, located near three schools, was recently repaved, with no sidewalk.

Two kids were killed this year, and still we wait for studies before we can make any improvements to the Hammond Bay crosswalk.

This isn’t about fancy active transportation infrastructure, amazing plazas and sidewalk cafés. This is about ensuring the basic physical safety of our citizens as they try to go about their lives. This council needs to show leadership, and invest in pedestrian safety now.

And before anyone starts blaming victims for their clothing choices: a green fluorescent arm band will not save you from a driver in a 4,000-pound steel box who fails to yield in a crosswalk.

Wanda Thompson, Nanaimo

OPINION: The more walkable a city, the more liveable it is

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

Just Posted

Nanaimo Clippers sniper scores four in blowout win

Josh Bourne leads team to 7-0 victory over Merritt Centennials

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Series of circumstances led to pedestrian being struck by car

The recent incident at Bruce and Albion was not one tragedy, but four, says letter writer

RDN board votes to continue webcasting meetings despite low viewership

Staff to report back to RDN board about live-streamed meetings in time for 2021 budget discussions

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Two-tier health care isn’t right for Canada

We want proper investment in our public system, says letter writer

Nanaimo Fire Rescue lauds boys after rescue from cliffs

Nanaimo firefighters responded to call near Departure Bay Road Saturday afternoon

Apartment residents evacuated due to fire near downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to structure fire on Prideaux Street around 1 p.m.

Play set on Vancouver Island wins Yellow Point Drama Group contest

Michelle Deines’s The Night Hawks will be produced in fall 2020

Workers at auto dealerships in Nanaimo and Victoria set up picket lines

Sixty GAIN Group detailers, technicians, service advisors went on strike Friday

Nanaimo mechanical engineer writes thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

UPDATED: Transportation Safety Board finishes work at plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Sharks beat Canucks 4-2 to snap 6-game skid

Vancouver visits Vegas on Sunday

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Most Read