Controlled crosswalk sought for Junot Avenue South

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Controlled Pedestrian Crosswalks

Controlled Crosswalk - Thunder Bay City Council - Deputation Alaina King
Windsor neighbourhood advocate Alaina King presents a deputation to City Council

THUNDER BAY – News – Controlled crosswalk sought for Junot Avenue South. Thunder Bay City Council heard deputations on Tuesday night from a number of residents. Alaina King shared information with City Council on how traffic along Junot Ave South is causing problems in their neighbourhood. King said, “I am currently sitting on the Community Action Group as Co-chair for the Blucher, Picton and Windsor Community. We recently won the City Hall Crime Prevention Award for Outstanding Community Project and work alongside with the Community Crime Prevention Council, and Linda Bruins at Evergreen”.

Controlled Crosswalk for Junot Ave South

The goal was safety for pedestrians. King in her presentation said, “On behalf of the Community Action Group, I would like to request of City Council, a controlled crossing at the corner of Blucher Crescent and Junot Avenue included in the budget for 2013. In my neighborhood I see children, their families, and the elderly coming and going daily. I am a strong believer in family and protecting family is my passion. I also believe that children have the right to grow up in a safe place”.

“Due to the safety concerns of fellow residents, children and elderly crossing. I am requesting a controlled crossing but will consider these alternatives until a controlled crosswalk is installed:

  • The speed limit reduced back to 40 km/h (school zone speed limit)
  • Increased police presence during rush hour times
  • Place signage in more appropriate spots for drivers to see
  • Place a stop sign at Blucher Crescent and Junot Avenue to ensure drivers slow down.

“It is my understanding; Thunder Bay recently, is more about community and community safety. Citizens can voice their concerns and are actually being listened to, I am seeing this more frequently in and around the city and it is very encouraging to see,” stated King. 

In her presentation, the Windsor resident shared with Council how in the short run a stronger police presence would likely generate revenue from tickets issued to drivers who insist on speeding in the area. 

Councillor Aldo Ruberto said, “We will solve the issue.  Council is very supportive”. Red River Ward Councillor Brian McKinnon who has been hearing concerns on this issue for some time now expressed support for King’s solutions.

Mayor Keith Hobbs stated, “I will have a resolution drafted to address this issue”.

Controlled Pedestrian Crosswalks

Controlled Pedestrian Crosswalks

There are solutions to this issue which will make a difference in ensuring that it is easy for drivers to get around, and safe for pedestrians too.

One solution is a controlled crosswalk as made by Lightguard Systems. The crosswalk system is embedded in the roadway, and can be easily maintained. Even during winter, the embedded lights would remain safe from snow clearing equipment.