I wonder what members of Banff council were thinking when they decided to implement a town-wide speed limit of 30 km/h. Whatever it was, I hope Canmore councillors don’t do the same because I don’t think our citizens would appreciate being forced to do a 30 km/h crawl around town in their vehicles.
If Canmore councillors wish to improve road and pedestrian safety in our community, there are lots of things that can be done instead of establishing a town-wide “school zone”.
For example, how about installing flashing lights or other equipment to reduce the incidence of vehicles blowing through occupied crosswalks? In that regard, the crosswalk near the railway tracks at the intersection of 17th St and Railway Ave could benefit from a safety upgrade.
Also, how about installing proper signs at the scramble intersection of 6th Ave and Main Street to clearly point out to pedestrians that they are not to leave the sidewalk until the lamp that displays a white “hand” is illuminated?
Another way to improve road safety is to remove all trees and bushes around intersections in South Canmore that make it difficult to see oncoming cross-traffic before entering an intersection.
If the Town of Canmore canvased its citizens, I am sure it would receive a lot more ideas on how to improve road and pedestrian safety in our community.