Halifax erases homemade crosswalk
Residents fuming they weren't consulted before city eliminated the lines
Halifax Regional Municipality has added a new layer of paint to the corner of Applewood Lane and Waverley Road, wiping out an unofficial crosswalk painted by local homeowners last week.
Some people who live in the area were furious the city decided to remove the crossing point – one of nine spots in the city.
"It's kind of silly really," said Ian Marshall, who has two small children. "The city seems to be very quick to respond to our crosswalk. They're drawing a line in the sand where they don't want to put it back. Period."
Marshall and many of his neighbours are convinced the crosswalk is necessary.
"There's a lot of people in our little cul-de-sac with a lot of children," he said. "It has to come back."
The eliminated crosswalks were cut after a 2007 report that set new standards. Ken Reashor, Halifax's traffic authority, said some crosswalks can make certain situations more dangerous.
"I know people rely on those things, and that's part of the concern, is the relying on the white lines and the signs to make traffic stop, and that's not happening."
Reashor said the majority of pedestrian accidents in 2012 have been in marked crosswalks.
Reashor said in the past, the crosswalks were installed because of political pressure. He said now, decisions are not based on what's popular, but what's safe.
"I understand their concern, but this is what we're trying to do, is education. Not only the drivers but also pedestrians."
Meanwhile, Marshall said his battle isn't over. He said the community plans on putting up signs in protest.
"Hopefully something will be done soon."
The neighbours are also hoping the new city council – which is being sworn in Tuesday night – will make this a key issue at their first meeting.