Sixth Avenue pedestrians are being letdown without letdowns.
On Tuesday, Kamloops Coun. Dieter Dudy relayed a concern from a resident about the need for improved accessibility on the downtown street.
“Though the sidewalks exist, the problem is that there aren’t any cuts in them to mitigate the effect of coming off the sidewalk and onto another one, particularly for those people who are reliant on motor scooters and things like that,” Dudy said.
“They find that they’re having to travel down the roadway, rather than the sidewalk itself, because they can’t get their scooter up onto the sidewalk.”
City development director Marvin Kwiatkowski said the city would require letdowns as part of development work in the area. Beyond that, he said, there is limited funding.
City civic operations director Jen Fretz further noted the city’s annual budget to install curb letdowns is $20,000.
“Obviously, it doesn’t go very far each year, but we do work with [People in Motion] to make sure that any priorities that they may have are things that we are addressing,” Fretz said.
“Certainly, we can add things to the list, but we can’t get to everything each year.”
Coun. Sadie Hunter also submitted a notice of motion on Tuesday to potentially include in the city’s five-year-financial plan money specifically geared at accessibility-related projects.
That motion will be debated at the next regular council meeting, on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
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