Make Walkerville Safer: Install Pedestrian Crosswalk at Wyandotte and Chilver
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Walkerville is filled with a charm that can be enjoyed by walking along its tree-lined streets and visiting its many restaurants and businesses.
But visitors and residents strolling in the heart of Walkerville's business district must detour to Devonshire or Lincoln roads in order to cross Wyandotte Street East. Asking citizens to walk blocks out of their way to cross the street is neither practical nor does it embrace the idea of walkability for the plethora of business patrons and residents in this busy community node.
It is especially challenging and inconvenient for children, seniors and those with physical disabilities.
That's why it's imperative that Windsor City Council approves the installation of a pedestrian crosswalk at Wyandotte Street East and Chilver Road.
The intersection is the epicentre of Walkerville, with many businesses and restaurants extending out from that point. The junction is also heavily trafficked by vehicles and pedestrians, and so a pedestrian crosswalk would greatly reduce the number of accidents.
Two pedestrians were struck by a car in 2015 as they attempted to cross the road, resulting in one person being sent to the hospital in critical condition.
In 2005, University of Windsor law librarian Kenneth Willmott was crossing at the intersection and was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.
Chilver Road resident Ron Howard was hospitalized for at least 10 weeks with a broken leg, broken arm, broken fingers and a fractured shoulder blade when he attempted to cross at the precarious junction.
As more festivals and businesses draw pedestrians to the thriving neighbourhood, it's critical that Windsor City Council approves a crosswalk at Wyandotte and Chilver to prevent any future tragedy.
Ward 4 Councillor Chris Holt will be bringing the pedestrian crossing to council on Feb. 26, 2018 and he needs our support. Along with signing the petition, residents are encourage to send letters supporting the pedestrian crosswalk to their councillors and appear as delegates at the Feb. 26 meeting.
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