Pedestrians, runners and cyclists might enjoy the shady, winding western stretch of Roblin Boulevard in Headingley, but are forced to try to safely share the road with a growing number of motor vehicles.
RM of Headingley council identified the need to make changes to this section of Roblin Boulevard running from Bridge Road to the RM’s western boundary. Municipal CAO Chris Fulsher said council asked the provincial government for control of this stretch of road, and permission was granted effective April 1.
"This gives us the ability to make improvements up to a standard that we want," said Fulsher. He listed walkways and storm drainage as being two priorities.
Valerie Connolly, owner of Headingley Foods located at 8515 Roblin, approves of council’s plans to improve traffic safety.
"I think it’s a great idea," she said, adding that she’s witnessed the traffic volume increase since 1998 when she moved to her current location.
Although the speed limit for this section of road is set at only 50 km/h, some residents living next to it say it’s still dangerous.
Estelle Bahaud said she didn’t allow her children to ride their bikes along the road.
"It’s very hard to go for walks there because there’s absolutely no shoulder," she said.
Fulsher said council will consult with local residents before any work begins, but he’s hopeful that changes will begin this summer.