What is the town of Gibsons really doing to improve the safety of Glassford Road? (Not much)
Remember why the Town closed the south end of Glassford Road, because traffic travelling north on Gower Point Road were using Glassford Road as a shorter and safer way to lower Gibsons and the ferry. The Town decided to make the neighborhood safer by closing the south end of Glassford Road at Gower Point Road using large yellow barriers.
In the article from last week’s Coast Reporter Mayor Beamish states “We’ve created a safe zone for children and it’s been very positive and like any safe zone when you remove it, the kids don’t know that.” Why do the kids need to play on the street when there is a park at the end of Glassford Road? Shouldn’t we be teaching the children road safety like walking on the left side of the road facing traffic and bicycling on the right, single file in the direction of traffic?
Now the Town for whatever reason has moved the yellow barriers to the north side of Blain Lane. People on the south side of the barrier must now go up Blain to Gower Point Road to turn north towards downtown. I think that is crazy. Visibility is limited when making the turn from Blain onto Gower Point Road. Why doesn’t the Town simply put a three-way stop sign at Maplewood Road and make the speed limit on Glassford Rd. and in the neighborhood 30 km/hr.
Has anyone ever noticed where the sidewalks, crosswalks and bicycle lanes end in lower Gibsons? Why do they stop just past Gower Point Rd? Why not put a sidewalk and bike lane on Glassford Road? We pay taxes like everyone else in Gibsons but we walk on the streets because there are no sidewalks in our end of town.
Fred Rupert, Gibsons