The Town of Osoyoos wants to make sure you’re safe when you cross the road in its post-bumpout downtown.
The Town will spend upwards of $40,000 this spring to install bollards — short, thick posts — to “steer people to new crosswalks and prevent vehicular-pedestrian collisions,” Council was told this morning.
“The installation of the new bumpouts caused the relocation of the vehicle stop lines and painting of new crosswalks,” explained Senior Planner Don McArthur. “However, pedestrians have been crossing the street where the crosswalks were previously located.”
Bollards would be installed at the 85, 87 and 89 Avenue intersections with Main Street — likely five on each corner for a total of 20 at each intersection.
Selected LED bollards would be alternated with non-LED bollards to provide added safety while reducing the total cost.
Black frames with wood tone trim will be used for both the LED and non-LED bollards.
The cost for the project, said Mr. McArthur, would be around $43,000, including purchase of the bollards and installation.
But, he added, if the bollards weren’t sufficient to curb the jaywalking, the Town would consider additional measures.
“At first we anticipate not having chains attached but (the bollards) will be manufactured with eyelets,” said Mr. McArthur. “If in the future we decide that chains would be a good idea they can be attached.
“But we’re hoping that chains won’t be required and that people will move towards the crosswalks without having such a barrier.”
At least one councillor was not completely happy with the bollards.
“It seems to me people are people and herding them like cattle is folly,” said Coun. Brian Harvey. “We could move the stop lines back to where they were before.”
However, replied Mr. McArthur, the “stop lines were moved forward to make intersections safer for drivers and also for pedestrians.”