Why does the City of Campbell River insist on installing something that does not work?

I see that Council has instructed City Staff to immediately install stop signs to prevent “an accident waiting to happen” at two locations – Birch and Evergreen and Alder and Evergreen.

I agree with the first and totally disagree with the second.

Let’s deal first with Evergreen and Birch. This IS a VERY dangerous intersection, made even more so by the new hospital entrance traffic. For traffic heading east, downhill towards the blind intersection on a steep hill, you are presented with vehicles and pedestrians in front of you as you crest a blind hill in a 50 kmh zone. You have almost no chance to see, react and try to stop in time. This will be made even more impossible by any sort of bad weather that makes the roads slippery. My suggestion is to drop the speed to 30 km/h, install warning signs and speed bumps for the downhill traffic…and maybe even a flashing warning light.

Dealing with Evergreen and Alder is a different matter. Firstly, council is quoting crash statistics from Evergreen and Alder that are anywhere from 2-7 years out of date. Traffic flows have changed in that time period. Are these statistics still relevant today? If the recently changed “accident waiting to happen” traffic flows are the result of altered traffic over the last couple of months, how can seven year old statistics even apply?

Let’s also question what the statistics reveal as the actual causes of the crashes they are using to justify strangling traffic on a main arterial road? Did they request the police supply the causes of who was responsible for those “incidents” or did they just run with the numbers because it supported their decision? Were any of those crashes the responsibility of the Alder Street drivers or were the drivers at the stop signs on Evergreen responsible? The sight lines for drivers entering Alder from the hospital side are remarkable in their quality. You can see up hill to at least Pinecrest and almost to Centennial Park on your left. There is no way sight lines are a problem.

I think a review of the drivers at fault for the crashes will show the ones using stop signs caused the crashes. To proceed with the signs without actually seeing what caused the crashes…or to ignore the actual evidence, is totally irresponsible. If the stop signs don’t prevent crashes then why are you insisting on installing more of something that obviously is NOT working in this exact location? In the past I have investigated several crashes at Alder and Evergreen and was hit in my personal car by a driver at Alder and First…you’ll never guess why they happened? Drivers chose to deliberately disobey the stop signs.

I will end my plea with an analogy: If you lose your keys at night, a smart person will look where they actually lost them, rather than choosing to look in the wrong place under a street light just because the light is better there.

Dave Hay

Campbell River

Just Posted

Confusion in Campbell River on first day of cannabis legalization

Some users puzzled as dispensaries close just before pot becomes legal across Canada

Aquaman star spotted around Campbell River as production ramps up on See

Jason Momoa, best known for his role in Game of Thrones, is in town to film television series

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Man injured in Vancouver Island racetrack accident meets, holds son for first time

Kayden was born the day after Jonathan was crushed by car at speedway

Campbell River school enrolment up over projections

End of September count finds 65 more students in the system

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

‘A little odd’ B.C.’s biggest city celebrates cannabis without a legal store

On the streets of downtown Vancouver, notably the Wild West of illegal marijuana, not a single legal store opened Wednesday, making for a rather anticlimatic kick-off

Most Read