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LETTER: Move concrete barriers
To the City of Abbotsford:
Please consider repositioning the concrete barriers along the westbound lane of South Fraser Way between West Railway and McDougall. It could save a life.
I have driven, walked and cycled along the route. The concrete barrier right next to the chainlink fence instead of separating a multi-use trail for cyclists and pedestrians from motor traffic is misplaced because it does not protect all users. Due to the barrier placement, drivers are at greater risk of striking pedestrians/cyclists because the barrier blocks escape for them and would cause them not only to be struck, but also crushed between vehicle and barrier.
Who is most vulnerable along that roadway? Clearly, it is pedestrians and cyclists who are hemmed in by a barrier instead of protected by one.
If the barriers were moved over, no space would be gained or lost. However, pedestrians and cyclists would have to share the space between the fence and the barrier.
The danger posed to pedestrians from cyclists would be far less than the danger they presently face from vehicles, rushing by at the posted maximum of 60 km/h.
It would be unfortunate to realign the barrier only after a fatal accident.