Letter: Council 'dismissive' of Barnhartvale Road safety concerns

Editor:

I am wondering how many Kamloops residents are aware that in a very short span of time, thousands of their fellow citizens signed a petition to make Barnhartvale Road a safer place to walk and cycle for drivers and themselves.

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City council’s response to this request has been dismissive, sometimes rude, to those trying hard to create a better and safer community. It is, apparently, as told to my neighbour by a councillor, “not in the will of council.”

I am incredibly disappointed in city council’s apparent lack of concern for safety and space for cycling and physical activity. They were elected, many of them with my vote, to represent the citizens of Kamloops, not to just do things “in their will.”

When the petition was being signed, Barnhartvale Road was about to be repaved and repaired, the perfect time to provide a bike and pedestrian lane. With the great numbers of massive double dump trucks going to Blackwell Dairy daily, plus huge trucks going to what used to be the city gravel pit, safety is a huge issue on the road. There is more traffic than ever and I am just as concerned being a driver.

City councillors say it’s too late. Where have they been the last few years? Barnhartvale Road did not suddenly become unsafe. I have gone to community meetings and raised the issue for two years. I wrote to council up to three years ago. Others have done the same. It is hard to comprehend that these issues, put forward by sincere citizens, have not been taken seriously enough for council to act.

In community meetings, people are not being heard. Those elected to do the will of the people they represent are not doing that. Safety does not seem to be on the agenda of the elected officials of Kamloops.

Barnhartvale Road is very dangerous — a route just waiting for a fatal accident to occur.

Joan Rathbone

Kamloops

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