I recently had a twitter exchange with TRU Student Union President Dustin McIntyre. Dustin is a smart, observant gentleman and he noted that one of the projects on city hall's radar is a pedestrian bridge over the road pictured above. This is Summit Drive as it approaches McGill Road, on the border of TRU. I have mixed feelings about voting for funding the proposed pedestrian bridge. And Dustin understandably wondered why.
Twitter is awesome, but sometimes the 140 character limit just kills me. Haven't really figured out how to really be thoughtful and thorough on twitter. So, I am thankful I still have this blog to share with Dustin and others about my current thinking here. The issue also raises interesting, more general questions.
In the picture above, at the farthest end of the grey roadtop, is a crosswalk. Also, it's a bit to hard to see, but coming out of the concrete barrier is a sign saying no crossing here. This stretch of road is particularly tricky for pedestrians who want to jaywalk in the vicinity of that sign. As cars turn down the hill, there is little time for people jaywalking to get out of the way. Yet, many people continue to ignore the sign. This is certainly an issue of concern. And human nature is that the vast majority of people won't walk to the crosswalk.
One of the problems for me is a pedestrian bridge would be a very expensive fix for this problem. Especially with a crosswalk so close by. I wonder if a fence (like the one erected around Norkam school) might be a better idea. If people ignore signs that are meant to make their walk safer, is it the community as a whole's responsibility if they get hurt?
These sound like a rhetorical questions, but I am genuinely asking. I am open to being convinced.