Pedestrians walk dangerous route in downtown core

Why does a pedestrian have to get killed before Victorians finally notice that pedestrians are in danger here?

Why does a pedestrian have to get killed before Victorians finally notice that pedestrians are in danger here?

My husband and I walk a lot, and I couldn’t count the times that we’ve nearly been hit by drivers who intentionally hit the gas when they turn right just as the “walk” light comes on at Belleville and Douglas streets; roar through a left turn when people are already crossing the street on green (Douglas and Fort; Douglas and Superior; Blanshard and Humboldt); purposely ignore crosswalks and barrel through as if what they don’t see isn’t there (Douglas crossing to Beacon Hill Park); and then look stupefied if you yell before they slam on the brakes, often with their cellphones in one hand.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that when you step off the curb, even though you have the right of way, you are taking your life in your hands.

Another hazard is bicyclists who ride slalom through pedestrians on sidewalks, speed down sidewalks in residential areas when there is not a car on the street, or cycle along clearly marked footpaths in Beacon Hill Park and along Dallas Road.

And if you remind them they’re on a footpath because they are unable to recognize signs or think, the classic response is a swear word.

It’s time police got out of their cars and saw things from a pedestrian’s perspective. It’s time laws and bylaws were consistently enforced and drivers and cyclists who endanger others penalized. It’s time right turns on red lights, particularly at pedestrian crossings, be made illegal.

And it’s time city council made Victoria a more pedestrian- and eco-friendly city and created pedestrian-only zones.

Diane Engelhardt

Victoria

 

 

 

Just Posted

Hundreds rally in support of horse carriages outside Victoria City Hall

Crowd angry with Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion to ban local horse carriage industry

New virgin queen headlines ‘Bee Day’ at Saanich sanctuary

Taste bee spit and check out the hive at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary this Sunday

Rifflandia Festival cancelled for 2019

Early Bird tickets can be refunded at point of purchase, or held and redeemed for 2020

Five-month bridge closure poses early impacts on drivers during rush hour

Construction began Tuesday on the crossing commonly known as the Bay Street bridge

Several hundred SD 62 students team up to clean the shoreline

Effort aimed at keeping Esquimalt and Albert Head Lagoon trash-free

VIDEO: Canadian, U.S. Coast guards run oil spill response drills

20 vessels were on the water to practice international response methods

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Young Victoria distillery earns prestigious Scotch awards

Scottish influences range from techniques to ‘kilted tours’ at award-winning business

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Most Read