As many as 100 residents of Depot Road have signed a petition urging District to take immediate action to calm traffic on Depot Road.
The residents wants District to reduce speed limit, make existing crosswalks pedestrian controlled, create separation between pedestrians and cyclists and vehicles at the Depot and Ross Road intersection, particularly the northeast corner. The petition, started by resident Emma Hume, also asks District to consult with the residents and create a concrete plan for sidewalks and protected bike lanes.
In doing this, Hume says District will only be implementing the recommendations in the District’s 2011 Multi-Modal Transportation Study, as well as the 2016 Active Transportation Plan. Those plans identify Depot Road, between Highway 99 and Government, as a “high priority” for sidewalks and a “short term priority” for sidewalks and protected bike lanes.
Hume said Depot Road residents overwhelming supported the petition and many residents say safety improvements are urgently needed. “I also heard how scared my neighbours are for the safety of their children who use Depot to get to school, visit friends, ride bikes to trails etc. Many expressed that Depot is a serious accident or death waiting to happen while others reported driving their children to school or daycare because they felt unsafe having their kids walk along busy Depot,” Hume says.
Hume said residents are frustrated that there were little improvement on Depot, despite previous requests that the District address safety issues and increasing traffic pressure on the road. She said action is overdue by 11 years and residents are hoping the Mayor and Council will ensure residents can walk, ride, roll and drive safely on Depot Road.