LETTER: Improve the Ryan Road walkway sooner rather than later

Dear editor,

The front page coverage in the Jan. 16 Comox Record given to the Ryan Road walkway issue (Widened walkway proposed on Ryan Road) was heartening. The road is a major thoroughfare linking much of the community to important and vital institutions: North Island College, North Island Hospital, and the Aquatic Centre. To make the road safe for pedestrians, bicyclists and people with diverse abilities who use scooters would be an obvious asset. Not only has vehicle traffic increased, it seems to have become more aggressive as population increases. This is the experience of many cities. In Vancouver, debates about the Stanley Park causeway, also a major link between communities, took decades of dithering between cost, complexity and cutting trees down to make room for pedestrians, bicyclists and scooters. What finally moved governments to do something was a truly horrendous accident in which an experienced bicyclist over-compensated to pass a pedestrian and fell into a bus travelling in the same direction. The trauma and grief were so profound. A safe causeway was then constructed but no one who knows the history will forget why it is there, a boon, for all the pedestrians, bicyclists and scooters who use it now; a memorial rather than the foresight of government officials.

We are much more than the automobile in this day and age. People take justifiable pride in being able to move around their city without relying on a car. We won’t be getting off the automobile any time soon, and, in the meantime, populations will increase, car travel will increase and so will those who walk, bike and use scooters. Thanks to the Comox Valley Accessibility Committee for making safety an issue of opportunity for community improvement, an improvement which would benefit everyone who uses Ryan Road.

Linda McAnsh

Courtenay

Just Posted

Comox Valley Chamber looks back on recent achievements

Chamber of Commerce Week Feb. 18-22

What to do on Family Day in the Comox Valley

Looking for something to do this Family Day? Here are some suggestions:Courtenay… Continue reading

Deported Courtenay man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

Highland Secondary student wins Horatio Alger scholarship

Jenna Leggett grew up on Read Island where there was no electricity and no roads to her home

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read