I’m writing today because the volume of traffic and lack of safe space for pedestrians to travel has gotten out of hand on my street. I own a property on Diamondhead Road, and my home is a few houses down from the growing businesses at Mamquam & Diamondhead Rd.
This neighborhood does not have the parking space available to accommodate the booming businesses in our residential area. There is no side walk on Diamondhead Rd. and people are parking on both sides of the road leaving no safe place for people to walk, push a stroller or for wheelchairs to travel safely.
It is challenging most days to pull safely out of the driveway onto the road because the parking is so dense its impossible to see the traffic. Furthermore, people are often exceeding the speed limit by 20-30kms/hr, so combined with lack of visibility and speeding cars, near-misses are a regular occurrence.
When the businesses at the end of the street first started to grow, the major volume was only on weekends, but it has now escalated to an intolerable level during the week as well.
On the weekend, during peak times, I have seen on average 5-10 cars per hour turning around in my driveway. I started putting pylons at the end of the driveway so my kids could safely play, but eventually people started driving over them or getting out to move them.
Now the neighbors and I have resorted to blocking the end of our driveways with our vehicles to keep our kids safe while they play outside.
Even though the road is wide, it is also a bus route and a major through road for people going to shop at the Garibaldi Village Mall. There is often only enough space for one car to pass at a time, which leaves pedestrians vulnerable to being hit by a car or a bus.
We no longer feel safe walking on the road, and I can’t imagine how unsafe it would feel to a person dependent on a wheelchair for transportation.
I noticed the district put up signs prohibiting people from parking on one side of the road but the prohibition only covers a few meters and then its a free-for-all again.
Please have someone take the time to come down and evaluate the situation here, especially on weekends, when it gets congested.
Perhaps the district could set up a pneumatic tube to count the cars and get an accurate picture of the traffic.
I would also appreciate a bylaw officer coming to see if people are parking legally, I look forward to hearing from someone regarding this issue.
Rachel Suttie is a local citizen.