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So far so good this week

Well I’m not sure what’s happened, but we have been able to safely cross the road for the last two days. I am likely screwing us for the rest of the week as I type this. Last week myself and a few other concerned parents received the following email:

To everyone concerned

 

There has been a number of concerns brought forward to administration recently by several individuals regarding the situation during school arrival and dismissal times at the above-noted intersection. (The email was titled IC Roy & Oakwood Intersection) The Town of Lakeshore remains committed to ensuring the safety of all pedestrians throughout the municipality, especially for children walking to school.(Do they really? Because the previous email basically said “We can’t do anything and it’s not our problem, have a nice day.) There are a few points of clarification to be made:

 

  1. The OPP have been contacted by the Town regarding these concerns and will be increasing their patrols in this area to monitor any HTA infractions So far this hasn’t happened. When there was a police car present last week, his back is to where the problem is. Yes, the police car presence slows down vehicles speeding on Oakwood. However, the problem is at the intersection where cars and busses are turning during the walk signal.

 

  1. The Community Policing Officer for the OPP has been, or will be, visiting the schools to educate staff and students on the proper steps when crossing at a controlled intersection (either traffic signals or Crossing Guard) While it’s good that they will remind children how to safely cross, this to me seems pointless. It’s not the children who are the problem. It’s THE DRIVERS!!! I watched children having to wait during a walk signal for cars to finish going through the intersection, thus not giving the children enough time to safely cross the street before the signal changed.

 

  1. A School Patrol Program is being investigated with the School Boards is implement a program whereby senior students will assist with the crossing of the younger students at the signalized intersection. Investigated, hmmm….this feels like something that’s going to be forgotten about and pushed off agenda’s at meetings. You literally have parents writing you daily, weekly telling you that there is an urgent need for a crossing guard. This does NOT need investigating!! Not to mention all ages of children need protecting from the drivers who are failing to pay any attention to the signals at the intersection of Oakwood and I.C. Roy.

 

  1. A report is going to our Council next week proposing some changes at the Mancini/IC Roy intersection to provide a safer crossing location for the children. Details can be found online under the Consent Agenda for the September 27th Council Meeting. This intersection is less ideal for children to safely cross at due to the kiss n’ ride traffic exiting the school.

 

  1. Crossing Guard requests must be vetted through a Crossing Guard Warrant Analysis. This is the process we have had in place for some time now. A recommendation would then go to our Council and funds would need to be set aside for the addition of a new crossing guard. What’s the time frame on this process? Again, you have many parents telling you that a crossing guard is needed. What are you waiting for?

 

Thank you, This to me translates into, *#^& you have a nice day

 

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You went and angered the Mama Bear

 

I’m calling out all the people in Lakeshore, ON who drive their kids to school or are driving to work or simply just out for a drive between 7:55am and 8:15am every Monday through Friday. I am just a Mom, trying to drop my kids off at school and return home from doing so safely. What the hell is wrong with all of you that you think it’s perfectly okay to ignore the fucking traffic rules and make your left or right turn when the WALK signal is CLEARLY visible!!!!

School started September 6th, and I have been walking our kids to and from school most days. Of those 13 days of school, we have been nearly hit either on our way to school or when I’m on my way home! This is unacceptable. How am I supposed to let my children walk to school without an adult?!!! Ever since the transportation group decided they needed to have our bell times changed there is now a huge influx of traffic in the morning.

There is a high school just down the street from our Elementary school. An online petition was made to try to encourage the bell times being changed back.  They received this as their response:

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I personally don’t have a problem with the bell times, my problem is with all the traffic. It was pointed out in this petition the influx of traffic. I have copied and pasted below.

  • St. Anne Catholic High School is located less than 1km away and on the same road (Oakwood Drive) as Lakeshore Discovery School. St. Anne’s has similar bell times as the newly slated bell times for Lakeshore Discovery School. Current enrolment for St. Anne’s is 1300 students, together with Lakeshore Discovery’s enrolment of over 800 students that means over 2100 students will be coming and going at the same time. Being that there is no kiss & ride on Oakwood Dr., coupled with the Oakwood parking lot always being full causes parents to park on the side of the road. Does Lakeshore Discovery School have a plan to address these safety concerns with the influx of teenage drivers at 8am and 2:30pm? Will there be a crossing guard hired for Oakwood Dr?

I’m least looking forward to winter as our morning bell rings at 8:00 am so the children can be on the playground. They go in for 8:15am. The sun is just barely up now so in winter the streets slippery, sidewalk goes unplowed and now it will be dark. This is going to be a complete shit show. Just think of all the extra traffic because even more parents will be driving their kids.

I wrote to the town today…Here’s what they had to say about my concerns:

Good morning Leanne,

 

That is a shame cars are not waiting for the light when you are in the intersection.  You are welcome to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 (non-emergency number) to report this and they can have a car stationed there to watch and ticket.   Unfortunately it is out of the Town’s control.

 

Have a good day.

Have a good day. HAVE A GOOD DAY!!! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!!! How is it NOT in the best interest of the town to pay for an adult crossing guard to keep kids safe? Sure, I can call the OPP and let them know we’ve been having trouble. They will come out one day and things will be perfect. The next day, they won’t be there and some asshat will nearly hit us or maybe worse! I mean really does the town expect that the OPP will station an officer there every day for the rest of the school year? Nope. Hire a crossing guard!! It’s that simple. The school wants kids who live close by to walk. I am TRYING to do this. However, it’s become clear that I have to start driving them because they aren’t safe on foot. The whole point of buying our home where we did was because of it’s distance to the school. We were happy that our kids would have a short distance to walk. So much for that.

Perhaps the next step is to contact oh let’s say The Windsor Star or CBC? Maybe they will care that students aren’t safe walking to school in the morning??

 

Have a good day she says…………..