Barnhartvale residents are ramping up a campaign to make Todd Road safer.
Neighbours will gather along the stretch Friday at 11 a.m. to highlight how perilously narrow it is.
“There’s often no room for pedestrians to walk side by side. It’s mostly single file,” said co-organizer Lacey Munden.
One of the neighbourhood’s main arteries, the road leads to R.L. Clemitson elementary school but children who choose to walk there are taking their lives in their hands, said Munden.
It’s even worse in the winter since snowplows create berms that pedestrians must jump over when vehicles pass, she said.
And the road is occasionally littered with glass from side mirrors of passing vehicles smashing into each other.
A recent online survey by BCAA ranked Todd Road as the 10th worst in B.C., citing pedestrian and cycling safety.
Todd Road resident Christine Watson doesn’t allow her young children to walk to school, opting instead to drive them the one kilometre from home.
The situation is very limiting for the active family.
“I have to put the bikes in the car and drive somewhere else,” she said.
Three years ago, residents began lobbying the City of Kamloops for a solution.
Last year, the City began funding a Safer School Travel program that would transport kids to school.
Residents were told that fixing Todd Road was 59th out of 60 on a list of the City’s infrastructure project priorities and that it would cost half a million dollars, said Watson.
But when the City received nearly 200 comments about Todd Road during a public inquiry on infrastructure priorities, City staff bumped the project up to 29th on the list of 60, she said.
There’s now hope the project could become an even higher priority after a recent walk along the roadway with Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone, who is also B.C. minister of transportation.
Stone did not return calls for comment.
The road is under municipal jurisdiction, but Stone told the residents that the project could be eligible for funding help through the Canada Economic Action Plan program called the Community Improvement Fund.
The program allows municipal, federal and provincial governments to split the funding of community projects three ways.
Stone told the residents the effort would have to be initiated by the City.
Residents hope to persuade the City to do just that Friday morning when acting mayor Nelly Dever joins the anticipated 100 people on their march.