I listened to the CBC radio interview with city Coun. Mitch Tweel and his quest to improve the safety of pedestrians and motor vehicles in the Queen and Pond streets intersection. I didn’t read the 2010 report done on the intersection, but it would seem like a common sense idea to move the crosswalk lines from the north side of Pond Street (adjacent to the house in question) to the south side of the street (adjacent to the Oak Tree Place parking lot). This would be an easy fix that should improve safety of pedestrians at least and is worth a try while they decide on the greater picture.
But we need to talk about the elephant in the room - enforcement of traffic laws. Every day we all see dozens and dozens of drivers in town running stop signs and red lights. Rarely do you see the blue and red lights enforcing those laws. The city should station a vehicle and employee in that parking lot next to the intersection and count how many violations occur in that intersection in the run of a day. Then take those results to police chief Paul Smith and ask him to act on this.
It’s not rocket science, people, it’s law enforcement. And no, Mitch, you’re not getting a roundabout.