Comment 90899

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted August 14, 2013 at 12:50:48

Earlier this year, I was standing at the corner of James and Cannon, along with a crowd of people attending the art crawl, the crowd spilling out to the edge of the curb. Suddenly a car zoomed by at a speed I would say clearly in excess of 50 km/h, causing people to jump back from the edge of the curb. In my view, the driver was clearly taking advantage of the fact that cannon was a one way thoroughfare and driving as he would normally, completely oblivious to the number of people around at that particular intersection.

I loudly proclaimed "and that's why we need more two way streets" to which there was a general murmur of agreement from bystanders before the light changed and we were able to continue on our way.

I truly believe that traffic calming is a must on all of our urban streets - downtown and on the mountain.

I am encourage by councillor Farr's motion, but wonder if ultimately, as with the city's response to tactical urbanism, this might be a one-off, a way for the city to say "see, we did listen to you on Cannon street" and use that as a justification for ignoring concerns about other streets.

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