Coun. Bryan Anderson thinks there’s a shortage of pedestrian crossing lights, and a surplus of photo radar cash that can pay for them. He’s asked Council’s Urban Planning Committee for a report that could bring the two together.
The ward nine councillor has been told that a list of potential sites to add some safety features to crosswalks could be ready in a matter of weeks, in time to have city council make some decisions when spending in 2017 is talked about.
“It could be in the neighborhood of 350 pedestrian infrastructure sites,” Anderson told reporters. “At this point I don’t know how many of that 350 have already been analyzed for pedestrian and vehicle volumes. That’s the one missing piece.”
Anderson has long complained that in south west Edmonton there is a shortage of north and south roads that are fully built up. That’s led to a chicken and egg situation where traffic engineers won’t put in crosswalks and lights thinking they’ll be pulled out in a few years when it’s time to widen the road.
Now it’s getting worse because of all the new schools that are being added. “My ward I think is feeling the brunt of that because of the incompleteness of some of our arterial roads and the large number of new schools creating brand new pedestrian routes to and from homes to other amenities like schools.”
“Transportation engineers are afraid that children feel secure with the crosswalk being there, but there are no traffic lights to control the traffic crossing those crosswalks, so they won’t put in crosswalks with out lights.”
Anderson believes you won’t mind having the money spent on public safety. “The decision council made was that photo radar revenue should be spent on traffic safety initiatives and or things that benefit the community at large as opposed to paying operations.”
He’s asked for cascading levels of work to be looked at, ranging all the way from ten per cent of the infrastructure on the list, right up to fifty per cent.