Vehicle improvements also needed on Atkins Avenue

A Langford resident questions the safety of preexisting vehicle traffic on her road

With all the bureaucracy surrounding the addition of bike paths along Atkins Avenue attempting to connect the Galloping Goose trail to the E&N Rail Trail, I’m shocked at the lack of opinions for the vehicle traffic along this street.

There isn’t enough space for cars and cyclists.

I’ve witnessed harassment towards cyclists (for going too slow) who make their way along, even though the road from whichever end you start on it is (and always has been) 30 km/h.

Ironic that up further near Savory elementary school the municipality spent money adding a digital speed sign for a road that is at all times 30 km/h.

Having lived on this stretch of road in the same house for nearly 25 years (as a child myself and now as an adult with my own children) I have been witness to the explosion of vehicle traffic using Atkins Avenue as a bypass or simply accessing the tremendous pockets of new construction invading our once rural area.

Unfortunately our winding, narrow road hasn’t had any upgrades since I moved here in the late 80s to accompany the masses and I should apologize that our speed limit hasn’t been raised to match your hurry.

I apologize that we do not have sidewalks for myself and my children to walk to and from school and to ensure we are well out of your way as you speed past us on the blind corners and as we dodge around the finite amount of parked cars on the bits of boulevard that do exist.

Bring on the bike paths, bring on the construction, maybe it’ll save my voice (even temporarily) from yelling at all of you to slow down.

Tanya Brown

Langford