It is not the crosswalks that are the problem

The danger to pedestrians has nothing to do with the visibility or the materials of the crosswalks.

Re: Council looks to high-vis cross walks as part of town revitalization plan; Aug.22 Gazette

The danger to pedestrians has nothing to do with the visibility or the materials of the crosswalks. It has everything to do with the fact that a vehicle is bigger, stronger and faster than most people.

If a driver is an inconsiderate bully, the pedestrian is immediately at risk. I walk daily with my dog. I use three crosswalks going each way. Only 10 per cent of the drivers stop at the crosswalks. Some drivers see me but cut me off and some drivers do not see me at all. Short of giving 90 per cent of the drivers the “bird,” I choose to wait until there is absolutely no one coming in a vehicle.

So Mayor Forrest, it is not the crosswalks that are the problem. It is the bullying, “careless” drivers in this town. Spending more money on the crosswalks is not going to change the attitude of uncaring individuals.

The kids will be starting back to school next week. I urge every motorist to show some manners and consideration to pedestrians.

 

 

Anne Wise

Lake Cowichan