Drivers need to heed crosswalk activity

Common-sense rules apply to all crosswalks for drivers

While I am sure there are many crosswalks where pedestrians face problems, I want to talk about the crosswalk at Bay and Chambers streets.

Five or six cars going by without stopping is, sadly, not a rarity, it’s actually the norm. While it is not well marked – a pedestrian-controlled light would make all the difference – it is not impossible to see if you would pay attention (and that includes you, driving the City of Victoria van last Thursday morning).

Maybe you could ask yourself why the car in the opposite lane has stopped? And just because you can’t see the school, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t one and school children do cross at that particular crosswalk on their way to George Jay elementary, barely two blocks away.

If there is money for traffic calming measures hardly anybody wants in Beacon Hill Park, then there should be money for situations where it is needed. Would the city rather save a squirrel or a child’s life?

So drivers, please pay attention to all and every crosswalk. And to pedestrians? Wear bright clothes.

Petra Gerard

Victoria

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