By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: June 23, 2012
Kay Protheroe stood in the kitchen, talking to her husband, planning a lazy Sunday afternoon, when she saw a blaze of orange speed past her window.
A brand new Mustang had hit a hydrant, flipped, and lay upside down in the ditch kitty-corner from her home.
“It was like a scene from a movie,” Protheroe said, pointing to the ditch from her living room window.
Her husband and a neighbour ran to check the occupants, and Protheroe called 911.
When she recollected herself, her thoughts inevitably turned to what she saw–and its horrendous possibilities.
“My son rides a bike on this street. We walk on this street every day,” she said.
Similar worry has coursed through other residents.
The car crash might have been the result of an adrenalized lottery winner, but it has catalyzed the neighborhood to do something about speeding cars on Guilford Drive.
There are no sidewalks, no speed bumps, no speed signs, or four-way stop signs on their street.
Protheroe—and other Guilford residents– are now petitioning the district to add some trafic calming measures.
The owner of Parkside restaurant and Guilford resident, Lynne Park, hopes to speak to the council on Tuesday.
Park has lived on Guilford Drive for the past ten years, and has seen a shift in its character. Valleycliffe is booming with kids, part of the demographic that has brought young families to Squamish.
“There is at least 30-40 kids who live on this street, ranging anywhere from four year old to pre-teens,” she said.
Still, it’s not unusual to see people speeding on the street, she added.
“As soon as they come on to Guilford after that stop sign, they just push it to the floor,” she said.
With more houses being planned in Valleycliffe, it will get worse, she fears.
Neil Deo, Guilford resident and father of two young children, said he often sees cars doing more than 70 km/h on Guilford.
He said the car crash has reinforced the belief that district should put a traffic calming device on the street.
“Whether it’s speed bumps or stop-signs, there must be a some way to reduce the speed here,” he said.
Communications manager Christie Smith said she would look into the issue, but couldn’t get back until press time.