British Columbia

Is this the worst crosswalk in Vancouver?

A Vancouver man recorded a video of the busy intersection at Homer and Cordova Streets in Gastown and posted it to Twitter. The city responded.

Vancouver man says intersection at Homer and Cordova streets is treacherous for pedestrians

Sean Orr posted a video of his attempt crossing this crosswalk at the corner of Homer and Cordova streets in Gastown. (Mael Thebault/CBC News)

At the corner of Homer and West Cordova streets, there are three marked crosswalks and plenty of cars, many of which don't slow down for pedestrians, according to Sean Orr.

Orr, who lives nearby, tries to cross the street everyday. He calls it the worst crosswalk in the city.

"You could probably stand here waiting for cars to stop and they won't. You have to get out and like stare them down," Orr said.

Cars rarely slow down unless he gets out in the middle of traffic and waves his arms, he said.

In the 12 years he's lived in the area, Orr said he's had several near misses. Once, he said he had his hand out to slow traffic, but the driver didn't stop. His hand slammed into the driver's side mirror and broke it.

But still the car didn't stop.

Watch as this man shows us the difficulty he encounters daily as he tries to make his way safely across the crosswalk at Homer Street and West Cordova Street. 0:41

On Wednesday, Orr posted a video on Twitter of him attempting to cross the street. In it, cars zoom by without slowing even though Orr is walking inside the marked crosswalk.

The City of Vancouver responded quickly, saying it would look into it.

City response

In a statement, the city said the video will help to push for a review of the intersection and crosswalk to see if upgrades or changes are necessary.

"Upgrades could include signing and pavement marking improvements, or a new pedestrian/cyclist-activated or traffic signal," the statement said.

In the meantime, Orr is asking drivers to look a little more carefully before they drive.

"Just be careful, be mindful. It takes one second and you could change your life and someone else's life forever," Orr said.


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