No speedy decision for Desmond pedestrians

Kamloops Daily News
December 12, 2012 01:00 AM

The City's traffic advisory committee's (TAC) recommendations concerning a street that's in an area with a growing senior population is being mulled over.

Council received the TAC report that recommended the City take actions in early 2013 to deal with worries that some pedestrians have raised about Desmond Street. The roadway to the Brock Shopping Centre has a stretch with no sidewalk where cars park on the pathway and traffic gets too close for comfort.

The committee's recommendations include adding no parking on pathway signs and pedestrian images stenciled onto it, letters to residents about not parking, increasing public awareness and building a sidewalk in 2015 when drainage improvements are done.

City development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski said traffic studies have shown no collision history along the stretch and no speeding problems.

A man who often takes his mother in her wheelchair down the street to go for a coffee lobbied council to take some measures to make the road feel safer. The pedestrian pathway is just a painted shoulder of the road, and he complained that cars drive too close and too fast.

Kwiatkowski said the report didn't support lowering the speed limit or beefing up RCMP enforcement.

Coun. Marg Spina, who championed taking action on the street, said more seniors are living in the area as more care facilities are built there. She asked about concrete no-post barriers to separate pedestrians and vehicles until the sidewalk can be built.

Kwiatkowski said that would create a drainage problem.

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