Town to employ bollards
to steer pedestrians to crosswalks

The Town of Osoyoos is installing bollards at intersections downtown in an effort to redirect jaywalkers to crosswalks.

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.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. This is a totally uninformed opinion but it seems to me that if you have to takes these measures to force people where to walk then perhaps your design is flawed and you just don’t want to admit it.

  2. Has anyone noticed that the main street handicapped parking sights require a person to take the wheel chair or walker out into traffic before they can gain access to the sidewalk?
    Does this make any sense?

  3. These “bullards” appear to lack the space to fit a wheelchair, walker or stroller in between them.
    How is this safe?
    Oh, we can walk those people out into traffic to get around these bullards.

  4. This is a stupid use of tax payer money. If you get hit outside a crosswalk, you should be at fault. The town should not burden the tax payer with unsightly things.

  5. I’d venture that a few signs reminding drivers that they are meant to stop when someone is on a cross walk might be a better use of funds, I’m not in town often, but frequently see vehicles drive past folk who are already on a cross walk. How is $40k+ worth of bollards going to help?

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