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For more than two years the Delbrook Community Association (DCA) has been raising issues with the District of North Vancouver and the RCMP about speeding on Delbrook Avenue, and speeding on Windsor Road and residential streets in the upper Delbrook area. The DCA has also raised concerns about the danger to pedestrians in the crosswalk at Windsor Road and Delbrook.
Separately, several of residents in the community have also been raising their concerns about the Delbrook/Windsor crosswalk with the District. At least three of these local residents had almost been run down while crossing the road.
The Delbrook speedway with its frequently ignored crosswalk
The good news is that the local residents at least have been given some indication there may be improvements in the crosswalk. More on this later.
In May 2016, the DCA wrote to the District raising issues of speeding and traffic signage on Delbrook. The letter also asked for more crosswalks on the street and particularly for better controls at the Windsor intersection. Six months later, the District responded. The letter from the District suggested that since 85% of traffic on Delbrook was at less than 68.6 km/h (the speed limit is 50 km/h) there was not a speeding concern. The District said they were conducting a study to see if the Delbrook/Windsor intersection qualified to be upgraded to a “special crosswalk.”
Earlier this November, a year after the District’s last response, the Delbrook Community Association wrote once more to the DNV raising the following five points:
- As has previously been observed by traffic studies, much of the traffic on Delbrook is in excess of the 50 kph speed limit. This leads to other concerns such as the following.
- The top of Delbrook curves just before its junction with Granada. Making a right-hand turn from Granada onto Delbrook is extremely dangerous as the sightline is not clear and cars coming down from Delbrook are on a curve which means they may not see drivers turning until it is too late. As noted above, this problem is exacerbated by the speed of the traffic. There needs to be signage at the top of Delbrook with a curve sign and notification of cars exiting from Granada.
- Drivers on Delbrook need to be reminded of the speed limit. We suggest two speed limit signs to be erected on each side of the road in an attempt to get people to slow down. Brakes must be applied when descending Delbrook or acceleration occurs quickly and dangerously
- The cross walk at Delbrook and Windsor is particularly dangerous due to speeding cars. This cross walk needs to be lighted with flashing lights to ensure speeders descending Delbrook have time to slow down and stop. We understand this intersection may not meet the specific requirements for lighted signage, but the degree to which drivers ignore the crosswalk, particularly for children, indicates more needs to be done.
- Finally, traffic speed on Delbrook needs enforcement. While our recommendations would help the situation, the realistic expectation that traffic laws would be enforced would go even further. We request speed traps be set up for Delbrook Avenue – preferably twice per month – for at least two months.
In a response to individual residents who have raised the issue, the DNV transportation department says they have identified the Windsor crosswalk as a priority for safety improvements in the 2018 Budget. The transportation department said they had received positive feedback about the use of Rapid Flashing Beacons and that this would be considered among other options. This will be more than two years after concerns about this intersection were raised.
This would be an excellent start but speeding also needs to be addressed, both on the Delbrook Speedway and on adjoining streets. Windsor Road itself sees too much fast traffic and at least one resident was struck by a car.
We will post the DNV response to the letter from the Delbrook Community Association when it is received.
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