Comment 89575

By Noted (anonymous) | Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:16:43

Ward councillor Tom Jackson says the busy Mountain intersection, used by 25,000 vehicles a day, is a hot bed for more than 100 seniors who cross daily, some using canes or walkers. He's been told repeatedly they feel unsafe.

"There have been a lot of near misses," Jackson said, adding reckless driving contributes greatly to the safety issue. "They (drivers) are putting the pedestrians potentially at peril."

Jackson is organizing a town hall meeting next month with members of police and senior citizens who live in the area. It will be held at 801 Upper Gage where Webb lived, but a date has not yet been set.

Jackson hopes to call the new red-light camera "Webb Camera," in a tribute to Vivian Webb.

Jackson has also been working with the city's traffic department and police to increase the pedestrian countdown signals. Right now, pedestrians have 25 seconds to cross the four lanes before the hand starts flashing. He says it's a great challenge for some who walk slowly and they panic when the flashing hand appears.

"We need to do something to get the message across," he added. "We have a lot of vulnerable seniors that cross here and pedestrians should always come first."

Peter Webb, 61, finds it ironic his mother was hit at that intersection. He would often hear her scold other seniors who tried to cross on the flashing light there just steps from her apartment.

If the crosswalk timing is unrealistic based on established neighbourhood demographics, it seems to me that it's not just drivers at fault. The City is putting the pedestrians potentially at peril.

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